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This week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge is leading lines.  Tina’s challenge is to display photos with lines “carry our eye through a photograph. They help to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between objects.”

Cover photo: San Pablo Bay, California
Converging lines. The lines of the shore and the clouds.

Chinatown, San Francisco, California
In this image, the buildings of Washington Street carry the viewer’s eye to the Bay Bridge. WIth a careful look (and some imagination) the image is all about lines; the vertical lines of the buildings and the bridge tower and the horizontals of the shorelines, the bridge, the hills and the lines of clouds. Chinatown Bay Bridge

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Two converging paths are the lines that lead to one of the few painted tombs in the cemetery. Lafayette streetcorner

The straight line of a street in the city of the dead (edited in mono and color). green highlights

San Pablo Bay, California
A line of storm clouds leads to the hills of Marin County. Clouds over Marin

The National Mall, Washington DC.
Photos taken during a sunrise run with my phone.
The Wall, the path and the green grass carry the eye to the Washington Monument.Wash mon. and wall sunrise

Taken from The Lincoln Memorial, the reflecting pool and it’s concrete banks take the viewer to the Washington Monument.  The shot is a mixture of vertical, horizontal and converging lines. Sunrise Wash Monument

Lines as subjects
Here’s where I play a little fast and loose with the topic. Instead of lines leading the viewer to the subject, the lines ARE the subject.
Marina, Emeryville, California.
The masts of sailboats and their reflections create rows of vertical lines. E'ville Sailboats 2

South Beach Marina, San Francisco, California.
A jumble of criss crossing lines. Sailboats Mission Bay Marina color edit

18 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #80: Leading Lines

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Some wonderful examples Paulie. Love your reflecting pool shot and your line of clouds especially. Lines don’t always have to be leading of course and your sailboats are a great example of how to use them for emphasis. Nicely done!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you TIna. The reflecting pool shot was one of those opportunities when you happen to glance at something and say, “Oh…look at that.”

  2. klara b says:

    wonderful selection.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Klara.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Excellent shots, Paulie!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Eliza.

  4. KDKH says:

    Well done!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

  5. myplaidheart says:

    Nice job! The Washington Monument and sailboat shots are excellent!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you. The monument shot was something completely unexpected. I looked up during my run and there was the shot.

  6. Holy Crap – these are fantastic!! I’ll be in NOLA in April, I’ll have to make my way to a cemetery.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Pam. We visited Lafayette Cemetery but I heard that St. Louis Cemetery # 1 is pretty interesting. Two suggestions for you. 1- If you visit a cemetery find a good guide. You can learn so much about some of the people famous and not so famous who “reside” there. 2 – Just 5 minutes from St. Louis #1 is Willie Mae’s Scotch House. It’s a little shack of a place that got a James Beard award for fried chicken.

  7. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Great shots all, many downright stunning. Well done.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much for the very kind words John.

  8. aekshots says:

    Good choices Paulie…well done on the reflecting pool shot.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you for visiting and for the kind words.

  9. Leya says:

    Wonderful shots, Paulie! My favorite lines are in the cloud images!

  10. pattimoed says:

    A great collection of leading lines, Paulie.

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