Composition – Leading Lines

Leading lines in an image, lead the viewer from a lower part of the image to a destination at the end of the lines.

The feature image is the Fraser Gallop winery at Margaret River in Western Australia. As our eyes travel along the rows of the vines we find this imposing, spectacular building at the end of the vineyard.

untitled_panorama4The image of the Hunter Valley Gardens, the line on the right side of the lake, takes our eye along this pretty garden to the feature golden trees at the further edge of the lake.


This old rail bridge over the Moonie River at Nindigully, travels from the left side of the image through the centre to the top of the image. As our eyes move into the image, we have an urgency to walk on the bridge. But no, not safe.

Carnarvon Creek, Wards Canyon

This image of Carnarvon Creek travelling through Wards Canyon at Carnarvon Gorge, our eyes travel from the bottom right, up through the centre of the image, showing how the water has eroded the rock wall and left behind fallen rocks that have been worn smooth by the creek when in flood.

East Beach, Kiama

Normally this little creek would not attract much attention, but the rising sun has cast its colours over the water and creates a ribbon of light which leads our eyes from the left bottom corner of the image until we reach the ocean and the beautifully coloured sky. East Beach in Kiama

Boat shed Maroochydore River in black and white
Boat shed Maroochydore River in black and white

The only way to get to the Wheel House on the Maroochy River, is via the little jetty. Positioning the camera, so that the jetty and the Wheel House are in the centre of the image, not only leading our eyes into the image, we can’t help but feel like we want to walk to the Wheel House also

Kanaskis River, Kanaskis Valley, Canada

The Kanaskis River in Canada, leads our eye from the bottom left of the image and travels through the valley in the centre of the image, until it our eyes are lifted into the mountains as the  river disappears between the mountains.

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