|Sometimes drawing the eye can be quite literal, St Vitus Church, Prague|
Positioning, Rule of Thirds
The positioning of your subject can have a strong effect on the focus
|Rule of Thirds|
|Thinking of Home|
|Marshal Point Light|
Leading lines refers to the the use of lines running through an image to
point to the center of interest. Diagonals are especially powerful, not only to focus attention but also as elements that add a dynamic sense of movement and life to an image. The lines don't have to be actual straight "lines". Curves or aligned elements in the scene, such as trees, rocks or even people can point to the center of interest.
|Jenne Farm, Serpentine Leading Line|
Landscape photographers often work to capture sharp focus from
around Walpole, New Hampshire. I found one ear of corn which was trapped by
|Color and Leading Lines|
|Cow in Shaddow|
|Spotlighted & Rule of Thirds|
|Roads End Farm|
All these approaches can work wonders on your compositions adding coherence and balance, but as I mentioned the best results often come from a combination of these techniques. The decision about which to use will be dictated by the scene. Just keep focusing on drawing the eye.
|Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines and Spotlight|
|Lonesome Road, Spofford, NH|
As important as it is to draw the eye to your subject. it is equally critical to avoid elements that might divert the eye from the path you have created. Next week's blog is about avoiding and removing the distractions that can weaken your compositions.