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Photo 101 ~ Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines – Reaching the Sea   5 comments

Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines
Reaching the Sea

As I was working today, I have no day-light time to capture any outdoor photograph. Going through my photo archives, I managed to find a “natural world” type of photograph which I took in South Korea during my holidays. I observed the trees, by the side of the cliff, were quite artistically structured by the wind. This particular tree had a branch sprouting towards the sea. Out of interest, I took the photograph of the diagonal line of the branch cutting the composition into two portions.

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Diagonal branch of the tree trying to reach the sea.

Reaching the sea.
(Diagonal branch of the tree trying to reach the sea.)

Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines

A good photographer is a constant observer: always watching and studying a scene, from patterns in city traffic to movements in nature.

A photographer notices big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — but also the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches in the Nevada desert:

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Capture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning hike to a close-up of a leaf in your yard, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.

Can’t go outside? Photograph something — furniture, architecture, etc. — that looks or feels organic, or mimics the shapes and movements of nature.

Today’s Tip: Exploring the outdoors, with camera in hand, is an opportunity to look for natural lines that lead our eyes to different parts of a frame. Envision the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal: how can you use these lines in your composition? If you see strong vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines, can you play with the orientation to create a more dynamic composition? Can you apply — or break — the “Rule of Thirds”?

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