Rhythms and patterns

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Real and Implied triangles

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Implied lines


So having looked at actual lines in photography, horizontal, vertical, diagonals and curves, I am now going to look at implied lines, the lines that the eye and the mind try to construct from suggestions from within the photograph.

The first part of this exercise requires me to look at two photographs from the OCA workbook on this subject.

 As soon as I looked at this photograph of a bullfighter and bull I saw two main implied lines. I have numbered them on the photograph as 1 and 2.

  1. The way I see it is, the bullfighter is in the process of swinging the ‘red rag’ around from behind him and over the bull’s head, in an anticlockwise direction as we look at in the photograph.
  1. The bulls body is curved and is moving in to the ‘red rag’ in a clockwise direction as we look at the photograph.


I have looked at what other OCA student make of the implied lines within this image on their blogs, and I just don’t see what they see, I have come up with very different results from all the blogs I have looked at.

I can only come to the conclusion that implied lines can be subject to interpretation.

The second photograph is called, Threshing Corn in Sicily by Gotthard Schuh.

Again I see very different things to the other OCA students.

  1. The first thing that jumped out at me was the direction the biggest horse is looking in.
  2. There is also the direction the second horse is looking in.
  3. Due to the way the horses are leaning to the right in the photograph, I can see a curved implied line of direction of travel of the horses.
  4. This is also implied direction of travel.
  5. This is the man’s looking direction.
  6. The position of the man’s legs, implies he is walking from the right of the photograph to the left.


For the second part of this exercise, I will perform the same analysis on three photographs from my own library.

This a photograph of a helicopter that is used to transport equipment to and from a gravel silo in a quarry that has featured in a previous exercise.

  1. The rotor blades must be rotating in this photograph because the helicopter is flying, so there is the implication of a circular line.
  2. The helicopter appears to be moving rather than hovering because the under slung load is trailing behind the helicopter.
  3. The chimney draws the eye up through the photograph and there is an implied line above the chimney where the smoke / steam would travel.
  4. The under slung load itself looks heavy, the implied line I have drawn is where the load would fall if dropped.



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This is a photograph of a power station chimney, the main feature that stands out to me is the curved lines around the outside of the chimney, they draw the eye up through the photograph to the circular walkway around the top, the eye can then travel around the walkway and back down the cat ladder on the right hand side.

 f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO-200, 70mm 70-300mm lens


Although this is a photograph of two circular satellite dishes I can’t help but see the curves of the outer edge. When viewing this photograph, the eye starts at the left hand lower side of the left hand dish and clockwise up around the rim of the dish to where it meets the second dish and then again over the curve of the upper outer rim. After the curves of the outer edges of the dishes have been explored, the eye can then explore the rest of the details of the dishes and the background.

f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO-320, 200mm 70-300mm lens

Here we have two curves complementing each other beautifully. The very first thing that stands out when viewing the photograph is the moon because it is the brightest part of the photograph. As you look at the moon you notice the crescent curve of the moon. The next aspect of the photograph is the rainbow, this is the biggest curve in the scene and it cuts the photograph in two. The photograph is fairly well balanced with heavy clouds in opposing corners, the rainbow is sat closer to the left hand side and the moon on the right, it may have worked slightly better if there was a little more space between the moon and the rainbow, but I only had limited time before the moon was covered by the clouds.

f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO-200, 140mm 70-300mm lens


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Horizontal and vertical lines

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I saw this 4 act on a bench near my home and was impressed with how unique, colourfull and individual they were, I asked their permition to photograph them then rushed home for my camera.

I think they looked so cool that they could be on an album cover.

This is my first attempt at editing what I captured. I will try a few more things with is at some point. This post is probably more just for fun than for the exercise on colour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO-200, 28mm 18-55mm lens

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