Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge (CCY) will be a combination weekly “tips and tricks” combined with a photo challenge.
To find out who was awarded the Gold Star Award and Features for this week, please see CCY Week 7 – Gold Star Award and Features for Vertical Lines (Leading Lines).
To find out more how to enter this challenge check CCY Home page.
This week’s CCY Theme is Diagonal Lines.
There really is not a lot to say about diagonal lines except they appear to be more dynamic. Depending on the type of diagonal line you have, it can add tension to your image. In addition to this, diagonals can serve the same purposes as horizontal and vertical lines in that they can guide the eye, and act as frames for a specific area of the photo. Diagonal lines can be placed in any direction in your photo.
Another fun thing about diagonal lines is you can break the horizontal and vertical rules. Sometimes you can really create an art piece by making an item run diagonally. Just make sure that your photo makes sense. No water running off the edges of your photo, please.
Here are some of my photos to get your started, and hopefully spark some ideas.
The ripples in the water are soft diagonals going in one direction while the tree limb and the birds go in another direction. That tree limb and its passengers make a strong diagonal line. Remember what I said about no water running off the edges of the photo? That rule doesn’t count because the picture is all water.
This poor old boat looks like it has been thrown up on the shore by a fierce storm, doesn’t it? There are diagonal lines going every which way. Look at the fence in the upper right. There are diagonal lines going in two directions. The boat has its own set of diagonal lines, three of them, in fact. There are so many diagonal lines in this photo that your eye bounces around, adding tension to the view.
The cable makes a strong diagonal line, but otherwise there isn’t anything too remarkable about this photo.
How is this for dramatic? I’ve cropped it and darkened the background to black. Now the diagonal line dominates the picture. You see strength, and lots of it. The rust shows strength that’s been in place and working for many years.
Isn’t she a beauty? Lots of diagonal lines in this shot, starting with the lines in the grill and air intakes on the hood. The lines of the door frame echo those on the hood. All of them are intersected by the pin-striping running from the upper left to the lower right, being continued by the line made at the top of the truck bed. There is lots of implied movement in this shot because of the diagonal lines.
This gorgeous piano has strong diagonal lines created by the body of the instrument and the musical score running in one direction while the keys and the edges of the book create lines running in the opposite direction.
This is a good example of an implied diagonal line, formed as your eye follows the woman’s hand down from the upper left and continuing through the pigeon’s beak, neck and body. It works well with the leading vertical line, which is balanced out by the emptiness of the upper right portion of the picture.
I hope you enjoyed the examples of how you can use diagonal lines in your photography. I promised you an easy week because I know you’ve been working very hard up until now. Hopefully this will be easier.
I would like to see at least 4-6 photos of diagonal lines. It can be a mixture of actual diagonal lines or artistically created diagonal lines, like my lady with the pigeon.
Extra credit for Gold Star Award
This should be real easy. Let’s review what we have done so far. Add a couple of your favorite photos you’ve entered for any of the previous CCY challenges. Please tell us which topic they were entered into.
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Since this is Thanksgiving week in the United States, you may enter a couple of photos that show things you are grateful for. Anyone in the world can join along in this exercise, not just those from the United States.
Current Series – All About Lines
- Week #5 Leading Lines
- Week #6 Horizontal Line and Horizons
- Week #7 Vertical Lines
- Week #8 Diagonal Lines
The Next Series – The Rule of Thirds
- Week #9 Right or Left 1/3 of your photo frame
- Week #10 Top or Bottom 1/3 of your photo frame
- Week #11 Using 2/3 of your photo frame
- Week #12 Critique My Work – I will give show you a couple of photos and you can either copy them and correct the compositional errors or write a post about how I got things wrong or right.
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It’s always impressive, how a few small pieces holding onto a rope make such a difference, now the classic car? you know how I enjoy those 😄
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I had a sneaky suspicion that you would like the classic vehicle. 😀
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I would just love to be behind the wheel of one 😀
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It was just so red and shiny. 😀
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That close up of the rope almost makes it look like jewelry. Very pretty.
Here is my link. http://aseasonandatime.blogspot.com/2015/11/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge.html
I would like to participate in it. Lat’s see if I can manage diagonal lines. Impressive photos. The birds floating is my pick and the last one too.
Glad you like the birds. 😀
Don’t think I use diagonal as much as vertical and horizontal, but I have a few here: http://travelwithintent.com/2015/11/25/golden-jubilee-bridges/
Such an interesting post Cee.
Thanks Colline. 😀
All the photos are beautiful, specially the last one:)
what beautiful photos Cee! Especially the first one with the birds
I hope these fit the bill for diagonal- you are helping me to look at things in a different way Cee, but it is a challenge as I am new to photography https://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-diagonal/
You are doing great as a new photographer. Keep on snapping. 😀
Another great challenge.
Diagonal Lines from my field of view – http://atmuldoon.blogspot.com/2015/11/thanksgiving-eve-sunrise-moonrise-112515.html
Great pictures Cee, especially the comorants on the log 🙂
My post for this weeks challenge can be found at
Hi Cee…love your images and your site and your humor. Here’s my post on the diagonal.
Really great examples for the diagonal lines prompt, Cee.
Thanks Judy 😀
Diagonal line of people & flags.. and thanksgiving
hmm, I don’t use nearly as much diagonal lines as horizontal or vertical ones. let alone tilting the camera (always afraid of it 😉
My pick would be the cable – something out of nothing 😉 – cropped that way and with background darkened it really is appealing.
Thanks Klara for your comment. I really like that photo too. 😀
Here is my entry. Just tried to understand what you taught us. http://soulnspiritblog.com/2015/11/28/diagonal-lines-ccy-week-8/
Your diagonals are stunning. Here is my silly answer to your genius! But, I had fun. Splash!!!! http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/11/28/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-diagonal-lines/
It’s looks like you had a lot of fun. 😀
Beautiful examples Cee. Here are my photo entries:
Hi Cee, Here is my entry: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/ccy-week-8-diagonal-lines/
The difference between the distant and close-up of the cable is amazing! Thank you for sharing this. I’ve always been unsure of diagonal lines in my photos.
Thanks so much Trisha for your comment. I don’t use it often either, but when you find strong diagonal lines they are fun to play with. Most of mine diagonals are more leading lines, but they still count.
I really like what you’ve done to that cable! And the piano is gorgeous… 🙂
Thanks so much for commenting. Glad you like the cable shot. It is one of my favorites.
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