Home » Post A Week 2012 » TRAVEL THEME – LEADING LINES


Without having read some of the other entries to Ailsa‘s challenge at wheresmybackpack?,  I don’t think I would have known where to go with this.  I googled “leading lines” (thank you, Google) and looked at some other blogs.  Learning all the time. That’s my goal.  Photography 101. Thank you, Ailsa!





I hope I got this right, otherwise, I started my own challenge 🙂

Click on these lines _______ ______ _______ . They lead to Ailsa‘s blog and more photos at wheresmybackpack.


  1. This looks right to me. The leading lines of the cemetery plots were a little chill-bump evoking. As a former teacher, my first thought would’ve been the coveted job of line leader. Many whispers of “Darn it” and “Rats” could be heard when those lucky dogs were selected each week to lead lines of kids around the school. Talk about starting your own challenge…..

    • Yup. I hear ya. I needed directions leading to an explanation.
      Line leaders. Funny. I always heard, “Where’s the line leader?”. They wanted the job and then forgot they had it. 🙂

    • You should have seen the flooding we had to drive through to get there 🙂 Never saw so much rain! But in the end, voilà!

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    • We must be on the same wavelength. I’m commenting while you’re commenting. 🙂
      Those are grass plants. I think the purpose is to keep the sand from rolling out into the ocean. The water comes way up and erodes the beach. They’re suppose to prevent that. I’ll need to look into it a little more. I’ll have to take a pic now so you can see how big they get. Again, I LOVE your post – Here comes the rain… 🙂

  3. Hi Gemma ,
    Awards are nothing new to you, but how else can I show my appreciation for the invaluable contribution you have each time you visit my site, and especially when I come over for a visit? So I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, and hope you enjoy it!

    Thank you!

    • George, thank you so much! I am working on showing my gratitude for the awards I have been nominated for. When I was working it was all so overwhelming, but I am working on a post. Thanks again. 😉

  4. Yes, you got it right. I like the 4th shot the best. It has great use of the rule of thirds with the use of pwerspective that you are aiming to achieve, good detail; especially in the sky, and the subject matter has impact.

  5. If so, the you’re very lucky to achieve good composition without trying.

    The rule of thirds applies to all 2D visuall art. Rule is actually a poor name for it. It’s really a guideline as there are times when a photographer or illustrator must decide to not use it. Basically, you imagine the scene that you’re going to draw, paint or photograph as divided into nine equal parts by a grid of two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. You concentrate to place the important compositional elements along these lines, at their intersections or even occupying one or more of the blocks along the outer edge; keeping as much of the important elements away from the center block as possible.

    Most of the time, a composition comes out quite aesthetically pleasing but on occasion it’s best to stick a subject dead center.

    In that last shot, most of the important rows and flag lines converge toward a point on the horizon that it both in the most right third of the picture and the bottom third. Additionally, as all “leading lines” are the most impportant elements, you have all of the lines in the bottom third.

    The trees are secondarily of importance but you still have managed to keep them in the bottom third while keeping such a beautifully detailes sky occupying the thop two thirds.

    Finally, the flagpole is ideally in the left and bottom thirds, seemingly creating balance or harmony with all of the elements that cause the eyes to veer to the right. After you’ve scrutinized the right side, the pole suddenly draws your eyes to examine the left. This is all basic but good and quite reliable composition.

    • Pardon the delay. WordPress is fooling with me and I’ve had some real issues since August 31. Or maybe it was the blue moon. Nonetheless, I didn’t want you to think I didn’t appreciate your wonderful reply. This is what I sent you which I don’t think got to you. Ugh, WordPress.

      Oh my! Thank you for the in-depth explanation. I placed a grid over the shot and walked through you words carefully. I think I understand what you mean, but I KNOW I didn’t plan all that. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull it off again – with your words at the forefront of my thoughts. Again, thank you.

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