Lines

By selecting a subject and framing it in a rectangle, we as photographers eliminate the extraneous, and emphasize the critical elements of our composition. Using lines that are present in the landscape is one of the strongest ways to accentuate the main elements of the composition. These lines can tie together the design elements by forming conduits for the eye to drive interest into the frame, from near to far. Further, lines that radiate from the corners also draw the eye into the composition.

For this image taken deep in the sinuous striations of the Grand Canyon’s National Canyon, I used a wide, 14mm lens. This allowed me to work in a very small space, and to still convey the feeling of expansiveness. The lines reinforce the sense of ...

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