Exercise 1.3(1) Line

For this exercise we are asked to take some shots using lines to create a sense of depth.

The course work states that using a wide angled lens reveals more length of the line in the frame thus strengthening it I only have my 18-55mm lens to use which will have to suffice.

The effect of depth is accentuated by taking a viewpoint close to the line which you are using. I kept this in mind when taking shots of the railway line.

The feeling of depth is created in several ways

  • The line leads the eye into the distance
  • Parallel line converge as an effect of perspective
  • the size of objects reduces into the distance

Depth gives an image a strong sense of illusionism.

With all those bullet points in mind I set off to Dubai Mall with my camera set on program.

For this first image I positioned myself as humanly possible to the railway line. I think this image has a sense of depth because of the length of the line. The line leads the eye along a distance to the buildings on the right hand side which are vertical lines . These buildings get smaller as the distance along the line increases. This shot could be better if I was taking it standing in the centre of the line or actually on the train itself in the gold class section which is the driver-less front of the train.


I stood for a while people watching which is a hobby of mine. I was waiting for someone to walk down the middle I felt it would be predictable having no one in the middle. This shot has a lot of parallel lines in it. I first noticed the strong central line of the AC units and then the two parallel lines of the travelator. I am also positioned at a lower angle which I think reinforces these parallel lines going off into the distance.



Glass blocks

I’m including this because I think this is a simple example of horizontal and vertical lines producing a feeling of depth due to the light seen from each block decreasing with distance as seen by the camera from that viewpoint.


I love theses parallel curved lines in this image even though the lines are not disappearing you still feel a depth of a height from the curve as if there is a point outside the frame that these lines will eventually intersect. I would love to clone out the ‘unsymmetrical’ vent on the left hand side to balance the image  but I don’t have the time.



This image to me represents a different perspective of depth in the sense that the reflection of the lines gives the impression of depth. That there is no flat surface of the window but a continuance of the lines round in an oval shape. Its an illusion.

I have been on several EPyC meetings were we are shooting ‘Lines’ as a theme in different locations around the UAE. Here are some of my photos from those meetings last year.

profile of SZR
Chaos of lines

Off on a tangent ,these last two imagines I took after being inspired by  Michael Wolf. Initially I went looking for  Michael Wolf Chair collection on his website as I collect photos of bastardised chairs myself here in the UAE, ( that is another post!)then I seen his ‘Life in the Cities’ which are urban images from China.

See his website for the images http://photomichaelwolf.com.

Scaffolding pipes







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