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Eight Kinds Of Lines; Use Them All For Image Impact:
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Arches
People appreciate the strength and beauty of the arch. The elegant lines are an artistic contribution to a building as evidenced by the coliseum in Rome (#7), and the same look can be seen in this attractive courtyard in a bed and breakfast establishment in Mexico (#8). A uniquely styled arch that I used to frame two models in India focus attention on them (#9). One of my favorite places to shoot in nature is Arches National Park because of the beautiful lines that these remarkable sculptures in stone possess. A classic example (#10) shows an arch within an arch.

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Seeing Lines
Horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines are bold elements in a composition, and it’s always worth composing pictures where they make dramatic contributions. The ceiling in the pyramid at the Louvre in Paris is an example (#11). The picture is all about lines. The same is true in the black and white rendition of White Sands National Monument in New Mexico (#12). Notice the diagonal lines of the dunes. They define this picture and make it a strong image, as does the stark contrast between the black sky and the white gypsum dunes.

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Diagonal lines are also incredibly powerful. This picture (#13) has symmetry, good color, and a balanced composition, but the reason why it is so appealing is because of the radiating diagonal lines of the palm frond.

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Modern architecture affords many opportunities for striking pictures simply because of the lines that the architects use to create a unique style. The Walt Disney Theater in Los Angeles is a great example (#14). This building can be photographed from every angle imaginable, and the graphic lines are always magnificent.

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