Leading Lines

Hello, there!  I thought it was time again to give you some basic photography tips.  Today, I will talk about leading lines.  Essentially, these are lines formed in your photograph that leads the eye in to the subject.

The black and white image of a woman and her beloved old dog shows the strong leading line of the fence coming in from the right.  The way they are lit from behind (technically) helps even more to show them as the main subject.  The little path is a secondary leading line.  bw old dog

The portrait of the couple below show a similar idea, as the lane leads in to them the main subject.  One other thing to note is that the background on that image is very soft, or out of focus.  That is another technique that pro photographers especially use to isolate their main subject.  The couple is even slightly soft and out of focus as they are secondary to the little chair and chalk board announcing the new baby coming soon.

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Have fun and play around with lines in your photos.  Lines are everywhere if you look hard enough.  Fences, buildings, the horizon….Curvy, straight, vertical and horizontal.  Anything goes!  Happy Tuesday and enjoy your day!              Carol


Happy Spring Break, everyone!  I am one of the millions that has been hit with allergy symptoms here lately.  I tried to be stoic and not think about the itchiness and sneezing, and I gave it a good try.  Finally, after several weeks, I gave in and purchased a generic drug (said to compare to Claritin) from Target.

I opened the box, and was astonished that this rather small box was divided in half by a cardboard piece, and had a tiny bottle in it.  Then upon opening the bottle, again was astonished to see that the bottom of said tiny bottle was barely covered with tiny pills!

My point to all this is the excess!  The tiny pills are fine…which by the way, worked great!  Why on earth do they need to make the bottle much larger than necessary, and then pack it in a box, 2 1/2 times larger than necessary!  With our earth’s resources being depleted, and the high cost of everything (it seems!)  why not just make the darn bottle and box the appropriate size?

This got me to thinking…is this tiny pill in a bigger bottle in a larger box kind of a metaphor for our world?  The bigger the better, excess is fine….super size it!   I certainly can’t tell anyone what to do, but I think I will be remembering that tiny pill for a long time, and it will spur me on to find ways to counteract this ‘Make it Bigger’ mentality.

I feel better now…  Carol


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