= and || and # and ” and B and E and F and H and N and U and Z. Parallel lines. (Strange that there are no numbers here, yes?)
Lines are one of the main photographic lenses. When viewing any photograph, we can ask, “How do the lines interact in this picture?“ Lines come in three main forms: curvy, perpendicular and parallel. We looked at strange, curvy lines in a previous post on silhouette photography. We’ll look at perpendicular lines next time. That leaves…parallel lines! Like all Photography in the Abstract posts, we’ll ask the question:
What ways can you use parallel lines to compose a great picture?
Lines + Out-of-Focus
Strategy to take this kind of picture is: 1) Find close object with a straight side. 2) Align close object’s line with a line in the background. 3) Click.
Variation on a Theme
The above photos emphasize big differences between lines using blur level. The pictures below emphasize small differences using parallel lines to keep shape constant (and thus emphasize the other small differences).
Parallelism Gone Awry
The lines in the photographs above are darn close to perfectly parallel. The lines in the pictures below are ones that “aren’t parallel, but should be”. This is different than “aren’t parallel and shouldn’t be”. i.e. There are lots of lines in pictures that aren’t parallel but the viewer doesn’t care. In the following pictures we do care (about non-parallelism).
Shorter and More Dense Parallel Lines Create Perspective
Photographers will often use converging lines to create perspective. Less often we’ll use shorter and shorter parallel lines to achieve the same effect. Railroad tracks show both, so let’s look at that first then check out my pics.
Nontraditional Lines Are Cool Too
‘Nuff said. Look for lines everywhere.
Until Next Time
It’s 2015! I published 17 posts in 2014 after returning from China. Not bad. I definitely enjoy this. Posts that I’m most excited for in 2015:
- Reviewing photographer’s reviews (of my blog)
- Using post-production (which I’ve never done)
Thanks to all of you who have been reading my posts! 20 followers is a non-zero number! K bye.