Leading lines…

Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is all about Diagonals. In photography there are many ways to compose an image. Line, shape, and form are three building blocks to add depth and interest to your photos. This week Paula wants us to look at the way leading lines – whether intentional or accidental or man-made or natural – draw your eye through a photograph.


I was looking through my recent beach photos, not a subject I’d normally select for black and white photography, when I noticed how many shots use the effect of shooting on the diagonal, to draw the viewer into the picture. Have a look and see if you agree.

(Above) I used the softly curving waves to draw the eye along the beach – these are always at a natural diagonal.

(Below) Paths, boardwalks, fencing are all man-made, but position yourself in the right spot and the eye is drawn along the perimeter into the distance. In the first image the direction of the fence post shadows also lead you along the path.


and in these two the fence takes you over the undulating dunes.

Please visit Paula to see other representations of this week’s challenge.

Thursday’s Special: Scattered

My take on this is “throwing something in various random directions”which is what this fisherman appeared to be doing with his line.

(please click on the image to enlarge)


Of course you could also say that the pebbles on this beach at Budleigh Salterton are also scattered randomly. It only took around 400 million years to make this beach.

Please visit Paula to see her wonderful scattering of raindrops.