Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 5

Thursday, June 22, 2017 Heba Moeen 0 Comments

Guest Post by Ali Khataw


Question 5/ Day 5 - What is the real subject of this scene?
Image 5/Day 5: LEADING LINES

Leading lines are one of the most effective and under-utilised compositional tools available to photographers. They are used to draw a viewer's attention to a specific part of the frame, whether it's a person, or a vanishing point in the background of the frame. A leading line also paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo. Usually they start at the bottom of the frame and guide the eye upwards and inwards, from the foreground of the image to the background, typically leading toward the main subject.

The image below was made in Zion National Park, Utah, USA. If you notice the leading line in the middle of the frame its taking your eyes from the foreground to the background. When I arrived at the location, my goal was to make an image that was powerful and yet conveyed the beautiful season of fall (Autumn). So, I decided to walk right into the middle of the freezing cold stream. I then secured my camera to my heavy-duty tripod and started walking into the middle of the stream. The water was flowing quite fast and I had to balance my self without dropping the camera into the water. Once I reached the middle of the stream, I started to make some images. I used a small aperture (large f-stop) and a very slow shutter speed to create the image below. The idea was to create the effect of dynamic water flowing down to the beautiful red cliffs. My feet were numb for nearly two days!

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 16-35 F2.8L
Aperture: f18
Shutter Speed: 1 Sec
ISO: 100

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