The task of this exercise was to produce four phootgraphs which show different examples of diagonal lines in photographs.
Diagonals are very important in photographs since they add a feeling of activity to the image, they alos can effectively lead the eye into the photograph.
1.photo of the river vlatava, taken in prague
a number of diagonal lines- the bank of the river, the river, the wall – run through the image and give it a nice sense of movement and action. They also lead the eye towards the buildings in the background
2.st catherine’s , jersey
straigh fencing becomes diagonal in this photo since it is photographed towards the distance – this is the effect of perspective
3.balconies in barcelona
these rows of balconies were photogrpahed with a telephoto lens –because of the lens, the perspective of this image is compressed and strong diagonal effect is created
4. a detail of a tall building in london
the diagonals here give a strong effect by compression and also repetition. I like the image for its geometric quality and the clean feeling of the lines. I left the piece of blue sky for a colour contrast as well as for a reference point.
conclusion : a good exercise, good to be able verbalise why diagonals have such strong effects in photographs…