Ah, here we are, finishing up our study of Dynamic Diagonals. This has been a great exploration! It’s been fun to take a closer look at all of our images, seeing how we naturally use diagonals and the impact.
As I was looking at images from Korkula last weekend, this diagonal jumped out at me. Completely created by my perspective and the angle of the camera, the diagonal strongly leads me through the frame from the bottom left, where the plant is in focus, to the upper right. With the line running almost corner to corner, I break every rule of diagonals and yet I like it.
This exploration, more than almost any other, has made me want to throw conventional composition knowledge out the window. Yes, it’s useful to study what the experts have to say. But it’s important to not blindly spout or follow their knowledge. There is so much more to how we put together an effective image than compositional “rules.” That’s what makes photography an art form. It’s not just point and shoot, no matter what some may say. It takes the engagement of our whole minds and hearts. That’s what I love about it.
So, let’s wrap up out exploration of Dynamic Diagonals today by breaking every rule. Go crazy! You can still link in below and share your findings with the rest of us. Please take the time to visit your fellow participants and see what they have to show you. The more you see, the more you explore, the more you learn.