Yes I am thinking a lot about composition at the moment, can you tell 🙂 This time it is ‘Leading Lines’ which are an important element to use well when they are available, but one that will only be available in certain circumstances.
What is a leading line?
It is a line within the image that takes you into, through or across the image. Often in an obvious way, but not always. It may take you to a specific point in the image or simply lead you through or around the image.
Paths, roads and train tracks are commonly used leading line composition elements. However nature offers us many more options.
A curving path is an excellent leading line example, here where it leads your eye up into the image
Draw a line from the right at the top and bottom of the trees, and they lead into a convergence point to the trees and poplar at the end, drawing you across and into the image
Tyre tracks in snow take you across and into the image
The flat path of the wooden jetty and the fence down one side lead your eye down into the image, and then the texture in the mountains leads you across it
This is the most obvious leading line example I have, this was a huge light sculpture and the circle at the middle is where all the cables are suspended from
Sometimes especially in landscapes the lines are a lot more subtle and you have to look a bit harder to find them. That can make for a powerful effect within your image, as it isn’t as obvious to the viewer
The light of the moon across the water (this is taken from a boat) leads you up to the main event, the full moon shining on the Remarkables
The eye follows the line of trees from the left to the right then up into the centre trees out into the sky.
So, do you feel ready to tackle adding leading lines into your composition toolbox?