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Is this considered "converging lines"?

 
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May 10, 2016 21:07 |  #1

I need to submit a photo showing converging lines leading towards a subject for my course.. i.e. like railroad tracks. I have this photo I really like with some interesting lines in it, but I'm not sure if it qualifies.

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May 10, 2016 21:22 |  #2

Not the most obvious example of converging lines! Yes, they converge in the photo, but they are not far from parallel.

Here is an example of parallel lines

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and now you have to come up with an example of your own, and not cheat by using this example.

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May 10, 2016 21:28 as a reply to Wilt's post |  #3

Haha, ok I promise I won't steal ;-)a

Yes but I actually live in NJ.. not as many converging lines.. :D


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May 10, 2016 21:29 |  #4

I don't think this would qualify. Fortunately there are lots of converging lines in New York since it's laid out on a grid. It's nice to have the main subject at the end of the lines so the lines draw the viewer towards the main subject like a gate or arch at the end of a street. Cemeteries and parks might be a good place to start.




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May 10, 2016 22:08 |  #5

The topic last week for World Wide Photo Week was leading lines. You might get some ideas there.

http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​458720

I think your shot does use an effect that's close to converging lines, but it's not a classic example. It may be too subtle for this assignment. Where the people lean into the reflecting wall, their bodies and the reflections of them make a very narrow arrowhead shape that points toward (and ends at) their heads.


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May 10, 2016 22:18 |  #6

I believe an example like this would be more what they had in mind:

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May 10, 2016 22:26 |  #7

OK.. I think I found one.

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May 10, 2016 22:42 |  #8

Although ideally I'll get something better.. there were a bunch of neon lights in the room casting weird colors..


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May 10, 2016 22:42 |  #9

look here http://www.fotoflock.c​om ...w-to-use-converging-lines (external link)


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May 10, 2016 22:43 |  #10

atsilverstein wrote in post #18003082 (external link)
OK.. I think I found one.

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Hmmmmmmm...........one could take the out-of-the-box approach and argue that the sign maker has "created" several converging lines. You'd have to push your case, but I'd guarantee yours would be a VERY unique approach. :p


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May 10, 2016 23:18 |  #11

OK.. now I think I got it..

converging lines..

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May 10, 2016 23:30 as a reply to atsilverstein's post |  #12

more like it. Here are some of my shots as examples

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May 10, 2016 23:54 |  #13

itsallart wrote in post #18003151 (external link)
more like it. Here are some of my shots as examples
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Beautiful work :-) Thanks for the examples.

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May 11, 2016 00:52 |  #14

atsilverstein wrote in post #18003082 (external link)
OK.. I think I found one.

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atsilverstein wrote in post #18003131 (external link)
OK.. now I think I got it..

converging lines..
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I certainly wouldn't consider either of these to be good examples. You need an image where all/the majority/the major lines converge and are the dominant element in the image. In the first image there may be some converging lines but they don't really stand out amongst the general chaos of shapes and lines. In the second image the vast majority of the major lines are parallel. Any convergence is minimal and completely overpowered by the strong parallels.

For good examples of convergence take a wide angle lens a crouch down in the middle of a road (with people on lookout obviously) or go to the bottom of a sky scraper and look up....

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May 11, 2016 02:47 |  #15

atsilverstein wrote in post #18003131 (external link)
OK.. now I think I got it..

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Unfortunately, no, I am not seeing anything that would be considered converging lines there in that pic.

I think that perhaps you are not understanding exactly what artists and photographers mean when they say "converging lines".

Typically, when the term is used it is not referring to lines that actually converge. Rather, it is referring to lines that are parallel to each other, and therefor appear to converge due to the perspective from which they are photographed. Wilt demonstrated this truth very aptly in post #2. Renata illustrated it quite well with the first image in post #12. And Dan also illustrated it very well in post #14.

Think of lines that never come together in real life, because they are parallel to one another. But then think of positioning yourself at a place where the lines appear to make a "vee". This is what is most often meant when photographers say, "converging lines".

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