Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #80: Leading Lines

This week, Tina invites us to explore leading lines as a way to draw the viewer’s attention to the main subject of the photo.  This is a great technique to use when composing a shot.

As I looked through my archives, I searched for images with leading lines created by nature and by humans.  Natural leading lines include rivers, the shoreline, trees, and cliffs.  Leading lines created by humans include roads, fences, bridges, doorways, and window panes.

Here are a few examples of leading lines created by humans and/or by nature.

Made by Humans and Nature

We saw this beautiful arcade in Lisbon.  The vaulted arches, the columns, and the strong shadows led my eyes from the two men in the foreground to the people at the far end of the arcade.

Made by Humans

While visiting London, we explored the area around Westminster Abbey.  On Little Peter Street, I stopped by take a shot of the stately brick townhouses and a woman with a beautiful colored scarf and bag.  The row of houses, the iron railings, and the sidewalk help to guide my eyes towards the woman in the distance.

Made by Humans

I love this iron fence in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens in Vancouver.  It focuses our attention on the wonderful Chinese pagoda and the lush natural scene.

Made by Humans

In New York City, I came across this huge mural of Albert Einstein, who knew the benefits of balancing work and play.  The strong colorful lines from the edges of the mural drew my eyes towards the subject.

Made by Nature and Humans

For the next two weeks, we’ll be in Savannah, Georgia, a creative, quirky, and charming city, home to Savannah College of Art and Design.  In this image, my eyes were drawn down a path in Forsyth Park towards a woman surrounded by graceful cypress and oak trees covered with Spanish moss, a feature of this part of the country.

We invite you to join us this week and explore Tina’s wonderful theme.  As the 4 hosts of Lens-Artists, Tina, Amy, Ann-Christine and I value your creative responses and your willingness to share your thoughts, images, and various aspects of your lives.  Thanks for joining us!

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It will be my turn to host Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81 on Saturday, January 25, 2020.  See you then!

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    • Hi, John. Thank you!! I’m delighted you like them. I agree–the arcade type of shots are always fun and visually interesting. They take our eyes to “infinity”! I always appreciate your thoughtful comments, John. Thanks.

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  1. I love how this illustrates the theme so well. The difference seems to be in the detail – that woman with her red scarf in the second shot for instance. Plenty to learn from here!


  2. Wonderful images Patti and a great use of lines! The gardens in Vancouver look especially beautiful through the moon gate 💜 xxx

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts, Xenia. 🙂 🙂 The moon gate is marvelous, isn’t it? I’d love to go to Asia and see more of them. 🙂 (The bucket list is still growing..and growing…)

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  3. A beautiful set of leading line images, Patti! The Chinese Gardens is beautifully captured, the mural of Albert Einstein so cool, and the image of arches just stunning, great composition!

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    • Thank you, Amy! I’m delighted that you like these shots. Einstein was such a fun discovery. I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw it! And Lisbon is really beautiful–as you can see. The light is wonderful there! I’ll check out your post next. 🙂


    • Hi, Ann. Greetings and welcome! I’m delighted to see you here. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you join our challenges–if you can. I’d love to see more of your work.


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