I’m sure you’ve seen photos with leading lines before. This type of photo could possibly have roads, power lines, trails, paths, or just about anything else that assists with guiding the viewer’s eyes in a direction the photographer would like. Leading lines creates drama in an otherwise common photograph or scene. In general, leading lines in a photo travel from bottom to top, so be sure to place yourself in an appropriate position while capturing this type of image. In doing so, you’ll add depth to your final result as well as highlight the actual subject.
When searching for a scene that contains leading lines, loosen up your mind a bit. They’re all over the place. Drive down a road, stop the car and get out. If you bring your camera down close to the road while standing at its center, you can take a photograph of the center lines leading away from you. Speaking of roads, if you own a drone, fly it up high above a windy mountain road. That road itself is a leading line. If you walk down a sidewalk, stop at a corner and look up to the top of a building nearby. Place your camera on the corner of the building facing upward. That corner is a leading line. Train tracks are leading lines as are paths cut by machinery cut through a cornfield. Fences are too, so don’t get caught up on traditional roads and trails. As I said earlier, these things are everywhere.
This is primarily a composition challenge, but there’s a technical aspect to it too. While it’s easy enough to find a leading line and snap an image of it, it’s a bit more challenging to set your aperture so both the foreground and the background are sharp. Depending on your goal for the photo, this can be important. To learn more about how to keep both of these areas sharp, please see the previous challenge that has to do with depth.
Also, when thinking about taking this type of photo, consider using a wide angle lens if your scene is expansive or a more narrowly focused lens if you’re dealing with a smaller area. The correct lens can help create that drama you’re after when dealing with composition.
When you complete this challenge, be sure to link to your images for review and critique. Include your specs as well, such as your camera make and model, lens used, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Include your distance from or scale of your scene as well. We want to know it all so we can get a grasp of what went on while you were shooting and how you managed to take your photos. Good luck.