|Foggy Mountain Road - Tehachapi, California|
The lane stripes lead the viewer right into the emptiness of the fog.
Photographs are not the capturing of objects, but the capturing of light (highlights and shadows) and color (if not black-and-white). Highlight, shadow and color make up the shapes within each image. Those shapes often have natural lines--some are straight lines and some are curved lines.
|Old Tracks - McKinney, Texas|
The rail lines lead the viewer from the bottom (left and/or right) into the center of the image. The surprise is the switch stand in the distance.
The first principal of Leading Lines is that you want to avoid lines coming from the edge of the frame. Often lines that extend to the edge of the frame will lead the viewer right out of the image. Lines that come from the corners are fine because, for whatever reason, these lines tend to lead the viewer into the frame. So it is much better to put the lines into the corners of an image than along the edge.
|Filming The Train - Tehachapi, California|
The train itself is the line that leads the viewer from the rocks to the man's head. Because of contrast and focus, the viewer's eyes stay on the man and the camera in his hand.
The third principal of Leading Lines is that they need to lead to something. If there is no punchline, the viewer will be guided to boredom. Leading Lines that don't lead are not Leading Lines. So have something (typically, the main point of the photograph) at the end of the lines as a surprise for the viewer.
|Go Into The Unknown - Tehachapi, California|
The rail line leads the viewer from the lower left towards the signal post.
It is important to make meaningful images. If the viewer cannot find the meaning within a short look, then the photograph is pointless. Don't let that happen. Use Leading Lines to take the viewer's eyes to where you want them to go.
|Crossing The Tracks - Flagstaff, Arizona|
The rail line leads the viewer straight to the walking man. The yellow line (which is contrasted with the blueish bricks), leads the viewer to the bicyclist.