A lead in line is one of the principles of photography and artistic composition which many photographers look for, especially when it comes to landscapes. The lead in line usually goes from the lower right corner and leads the viewers eye into the image. Whilst walking back down the beach and back to where I was staying, I noticed that the tiny waves were making lovely lead in lines. In an ideal world they would lead to something photogenic, like a colourful old boat for example, but in this case not so much. Still I felt that it was worth sharing, if only to demonstrate the idea of lead in lines in composition.
As much an experiment in composition as it is an experiment in post processing. I saw the jetty whilst walking around the coast from Abersoch beach to the harbour. Seeing the pole at the end of the jetty made me think it could make an interesting focal point, especially as from this angle it appears to reflect the line of the bolts in the wood. The walkway was extremely sloppy and I had to climb over it. Because of the texture I focused on this. Strangely enough when I got back to the house we were staying in, my dad had taken a very similar photograph just half an hour earlier. Looking at how success this style of black and white picture is, I think it could make a great set of images if I could take more jetties in other locations, such as the lake district or Northumberland.
This photograph has been a “maybe” for putting online for a few months now. It was taken last summer on the Northumberland Coast about half a mile north of the beautiful Alnmouth. We were staying in a large cottage about 200 metres from the beach and where the exact point I took this picture, near the golf course. Part of me thinks that it is a little to minimalist and simple to put up, but then this blog is all about me experimenting with different techniques and the documentation of my journey from beginner to photography professional (its nice to have goals to aspire too).
If I were to take this picture again I would have probably gone much lower to the ground and closer to one of the larger rocks on the left of the frame, to me this image is missing a key focal point and a large rock in the foreground would really make this into something special. Obviously, I could Photoshop in a rock but to me this wouldn’t be the same. Maybe next time I am on a beach with my camera I will take a shot to how I am imagining this picture could look. The small dots in the sky are not dirt in the camera but sea birds, probably guillemots. Again, these could have quickly been removed but this is how I took the picture. After looking at this for about five minutes I think it is the soft clouds and texture of the sand that makes me like this photograph, despite its obvious floors.
One of the nicest fishing villages I have had the opportunity to photograph, not just in Northumberland but in the whole of England. Craster is a very small village, with a larger harbour than I was expecting – but that’s what you get with fishing villages. In the above photo the tide was obviously out, but there were a lot more boats on the other side against the sea wall.
The main part of this photograph that I personally like is the bottom left corner where there is a great deal of texture on the wet sand and seaweed. The way that the composition is intended to work is that you look at this, your eye goes across to the rock wall on the right, follows that wall into the photograph and ends up looking at the blue building with an orange roof. This is the where the lifeboat is stored. If you don’t see the photo in this way or your eye is drawn / focuses on a different area of the picture then please comment below, because I would love to know your opinions of this image in particular.