Challenge #25: Leading Lines

Museum in Exeter

This week I wanted a challenge that worked on a particular skill I want to enhance, and used my new 12-24mm ultra wide angle lens (because (a) it’s still my newest toy, and (b) I want to practice with it some more).

To see my coincidentally stripy introduction to leading lines, click here

I chose to work on Leading Lines – where “natural” lines in the scenery lead your eye in towards the subject. It’s something that I do from time to time, but without really thinking about it. So the aim was to consciously work on honing this skill.

Challenge #25 was all about using leading lines to draw the eye in to the subject

A doorway in Exeter. The distortion has made this a bit “flat”, so I’m not sure it counts as Leading Lines, but somehow I like it anyway!

This has been the longest drawn-out challenge yet. This was because we had a completely packed weekend with client meetings and family excursions. So I just kept the camera at-the-ready and tried to capture a few shots here and there.

Techie Details:
   Camera: Canon 5D Mk iii
   Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f4.5/5.6


The challenge began on Friday where I had a little practice run with Little Whirlwind at Windmill Hill City Farm after I’d finished photographing Freelance Mum. None of the photos made the final cut, but I’m still happy with some of the shots I captured.

Royal Crescent, Bath

Saturday was a trip to Bath. I’d had a few ideas about what to try, but there were just so many people milling about the markets, shops, streets…everywhere. We ducked down side streets and tried to escape the crowds before ending up looking round a Georgian House at Royal Crescent (Best. Idea. Ever.  Little Whirlwind LOVED exploring the house, and I found some very useful leading lines!).

Exeter Museum – when you have to use a statue as the subject because your family are fed up with you 😉

We were in Exeter on Sunday, and again the city was heaving with Christmas Shoppers. My plans for some great Cathedral Interiors were thwarted by the fact I forgot it was Sunday(!), and the services meant we couldn’t have a look round. Little Whirlwind is on a complete MISSION MUSEUM at the moment, and begged us to find a museum to take him to.

This kept us all happy, and I found my favourite Leading Line Location (the photo at the top of this post).  Unfortunately by this point LW and Long Suffering Husband were both completely fed up of my yelling for them to stop and stand on one leg with their arms in the air while I took a photo!!

Exeter Museum. A bit of a safe shot, but I liked the dark-to-light gradient, too.

To be honest, I’m not completely happy with how this challenge went. I wanted to get some different, more quirky, leading-line angles, but there really was limited opportunity due to lack of time and excess of other people!

On the other hand, I am quite pleased with some of the photos I’ve taken (even if they are a bit “safe”), and it has prompted me to actually spend three days consciously looking for leading-line-type scenarios. So, I’ll keep working on it!

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