Use lines and patterns to move through an image

Patterns in the Hay by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Patterns in the Hay by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

As you are composing your images look for elements to use as leading lines. in the image above I used the patterns in the hay to draw attention to the barns and lead you through the image.

In the second image the grass leads to the ramp and up to the door.  It invites you to enter the barn as well as enter the image and explore.

Entrance to Old Barn by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Entrance to Old Barn by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

In the final image below the diagonal line of the grass leads your eye to the barn and on throughout the image. The road also adds to leading you through the image by taking you to the stop sign in the distance.

Red Barn near Dirt Road by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Red Barn near Dirt Road by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

These are just a few examples of using elements as you compose to add interest and provide an entry point and a way for your eye to move through the image.


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6 responses to “Use lines and patterns to move through an image

  1. All great images Gary! I love the first one with the river-like pattern in the wheat. Very nice colors as well. Are these from your recent trip to the Palouse? Great light. 🙂

  2. garyhamburgh

    Thanks Brian. These were all taken yesterday on my recent trip to the Palouse. Great light and the colors are just beautiful right now.

  3. Your site has been a great inspiration and the knowledge gained has gotten me past the obstacle blocking my way.

  4. Glad I came back to this site some new very interesting items which I wanted to know more about. Great work on your site.

  5. Very cool photos.

    I love the farm scenes with the gradients and contours.

    Cheers,

    Mark

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