Most people look at photos from left to right and top to bottom. A line that runs from top left to bottom right, will go with the natural flow of the eye, and will pull the eye to whatever is at the end of that line. This, according to our author, David Duchemin, has the potential to give our image the most energy.
I found it interesting to go back through my images and see how close I had come to creating this type of diagonal line situation. The first image, below, is one I took less than two weeks ago.
This next photo (also chicken oriented) was taken at a local farm that runs a community supported agriculture program. I recently featured one of these photos on my Facebook page, but this one is a more close up approach to the hen houses.
Finally, there is the image below, which is from a past client photo session. This is Woody, a distinguished beagle, who mostly wanted to keep his nose to the ground, but graced me with his presence on this large rock for a few moments.
I will definitely be paying close attention to using more diagonal lines in my photography work. This was an interesting and introspective week for me. Now to see what others have done with respect to diagonals and lines, start with Kelly Middlebrooks of Little White Dog Pet Photography in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, then work your way through the blog circle until you find yourself back here again. Enjoy and have a great weekend!