Aim: The aim of this exercise is to take four photographs using curves to emphasise movement or direction.
Approach and results: Again for this exercise I wanted to use four different subjects. This first image is of a restored arcade with ornate railings running around the floors. The strong curves in the railings lead the eye into the image and the eye follows them like a they were a continuous ribbon running round the floors.
|F7.1 1/13 sec ISO400|
This second image shows a line of curved paving stones. This is reinforced by the objects deliberately placed along its length, creating a curve of their own. I have captured the full curve from corner to corner so that it leads the eye through the picture. Taking the picture at a different angle could produce a different result, for example, emphasising the straight line of stones that currently plays little or no part in the image.
|F13 1/320 sec ISO400|
The third image is of a 60's office building that has a continually curving, wavelike front. The long curve is emphasised by the repeating pattern of floors, creating a series of curved stripes through the image. This image was technically more difficult as I was aiming upwards, creating slight converging verticals. Correcting this meant that the lamp posts started to bend outwards. The way the curves work in the image meant that I could never get the picture aligned how I wanted. I'm sure it is straight but can't see it!
|F13 1/80 sec ISO400|
The final image is of the shadow of a tennis net. The net had been lowered whilst not in use creating a long curve with a number of repeating fine curves reinforcing it. There are a number of actual white lines in this image but they default to the shadow of the net and only act as an aid to identify the subject as a tennis court. I viewed this image in black and white thinking that the shadow would stand out more. Interestingly, using a black and white image makes the straight white lines far more competitive.
|F13 1/125 sec ISO200|
The key learning point is creating a curve that is strong enough to lead in the image otherwise the direction or movement that you wish to create is not apparent.