Lines and Symmetry

Line and Symmetry are two very important elements in photography and can be the strongest elements in a photograph. Architecture has always been a great way to show off these elements because buildings always have a distinct sense of symmetry to them. The human mind is unique in the fact that we naturally see patterns and symmetry. Things that make sense and things that do not. These old buildings are a great way to show off these elements because most of them are made with thick pine wood boards. They are straight, have character and age to them. It naturally draws the eye in.

The great thing about lines is that they aren’t always an object but the light and shadows that the object creates. Like this average gate in a white picket fence. Nothing special about it, except someone had opened it and closed it making groves in the snow. The morning light is what made it special.

Then of course comes that one spot where everything lines up. No ferns, clutter, footsteps or anything else distracting. All it is, is line, shapes and light. The catch is to have a place for the eye to rest, or else the mind will scan over it and not stop.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70 f/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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