LAPC #228 – Diagonals

We invite you to join us this week as we explore diagonals as a way to add visual interest and depth to our photos, as
well as a sense of action. Our host for this intriguing challenge is Patti.

I enjoy searching for lines that will enrich life, and images. Informally, any sloping line is called diagonal, but the word diagonal derives from the ancient Greek diagonios, ”from angle to angle” (from dia-, ”through”, ”across” and gonia, ”angle”, related to gony ”knee”); later adopted into Latin as diagonus (”slanting line”). Many years since I took Latin and Greek, but they are still interesting and very useful – with the help of Wikipedia too.

The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.

– William Rounseville Alger

Before the plants had leaves…the shadows were diagonal.

The Segovia aqueduct is forever a favourite with me. Put together with only the stones themselves, and in perfect lines with diagonal shadows. Where is your focus?

Beaches create perfect diagonals and all other lines…The water pool is leading straight to the two dogs.

Spanish water – alive all the way to the end of the image.

The marvelous construction of Harpa, Iceland, took my breath away. Bold lines, diagonals and a concoction of materials.

The simplicity of these lines – is soothing.

Walking on diagonals to the spa.

Umbrella diagonals!

Last week, we had wonderful tours of your home country, town, village or any place that you call home. A special thanks to Tina for her Home Sweet Home theme. Your posts have given us food for thought and wonderful ideas about new places to visit all around the world.

Patti ask us to consider if the diagonals add a sense of depth, or action, or invite the viewer to explore the scene.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you can find! Be sure to include a link to Patti’s post and the Lens-Artists tag so we can easily find you in the Reader. If you’re new to the challenge and want to join us, click here.

Next week, it’s my turn, Ann-Christine, to take the lead, so be sure to visit Leya next Saturday for LAPC #229 as we continue our December challenges. Have a great week ahead and hope to see you soon!

50 reaktioner på ”LAPC #228 – Diagonals

  1. What is the Harpa image of? If a warehouse, they are certainly wasting a lot of room. At first I thought it was a parking garage where they put cars on elevators, but no wheels! Curios.

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  3. Beautiful examples. I loved the shadow play, very subtle use of diagonals. But that quiet photo then stole the thunder. I really liked your use of the line of the horizon over the sea just showing up at the edge of the photo to remind us that the gentle slope is a diagonal.

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  5. Another set of beautiful photos, AC! The first image is incredible, the light and shadow made it a very special image. The architecture of Harpa, wow!!

  6. I am glad you brought shadows to our attention with this challenge. As long as we have light we will indeed have shadows, and diagonals.

    The simplicity of the soothing landscape was a great share and the person in the distance is what gives it a focal point. The water stairwell was fantastic. Kinda wished I was standing with you for that one. My favorite is the Segovia aqueduct, because it kept me lingering longer with your question. I loved looking though the arches. The shadows were an afterthought for me to notice. I loved seeing the merge point in the distance. And I wondered…what was your intent in taking the photo? All of it? the arches, the diagonals? A great photo, and a great challenge by Patti.

    • Thank you, Donna, and I believe it was the whole scenery! I was there the year before too with my students – but no sun giving those beautiful, diagonal shadows. So impressed by the Romans. The skill, the beauty. Like you I loved looking through the arches too. That was a glorious day and I had my most wonderful students with me. They were impressed too!

  7. Ann-Christine, I love this theme, and I am really enjoying all of the images from all of the participants.
    Of your photos, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but the diagonal shadows under the arch is superb. Also, the waterfall down the steps is striking! Great examples this week!

  8. Another amazing set of photos, AC. Such wonderful and creative use of diagonals. I love them all–but what stands out for me is that scene of the person walking by the water. And the beach umbrellas, and the waterfall…..😀😀. Hope you are well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  9. Have always understood the power of the diagonal in page design. These examples are all fabulous . . . but methinks the Segovia Aqueduct keeps on drawing me back for just another look 🙂 !!!

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