Exercise: Horizontal and vertical lines

The first exercise in this project simply requested four photographs of horizontal and four of vertical lines. The photos below were chosen as examples where the intention is that the first thing the viewer sees is the line and the rest of the image is subordinate to it.


In amongst the trees of the Ashridge estate, I was actually on the hunt for bluebells but the strong verticals of so many straight trees seem to dominate this view.

ISO 200, f/9, 1/200 sec, 35mm

On a slightly cloudy day, I was drawn to this street (in St Mawes, Cornwall) by the strong pull of the double yellow line. This was further enhanced by taking the shot at very low angle to the ground.

ISO 200, f/10, 1/200 sec, 10mm

This is the perimeter of a car park in Aylesbury, it is a set of simple lines but with plenty of photographic opportunity and something different to the usual view simply up a tall building.

ISO 200, f/9, 1/400 sec, 35mm

Here my daughters and cousins set off (like a scene from an Enid Blyton book) along the canal side. The flat plane and the symmetrical positioning (not staged) made this an ideal case for verticals. This is further enhanced by the reflections.

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, 55mm


A classic example of the horizontal horizon dominating the shot (Dartmoor).

ISO 200, f/16, 1/320 sec, 10mm

Something a bit different, strong horizontal lines of corrugated iron. The initial interest in this shot was lighting and texture but the lines are actually more of a draw.

ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/64 sec, 18mm

From the amazing selection of foliage on display at the Eden Project in Cornwall, I deliberately shot this leaf this way around to emphasise the dominate ‘band’ of the central stem in the leaf.

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/50 sec, 46mm

The final horizontal view is this sunset from Ivinghoe Beacon, the multiple bands of light caught just as the sun was setting. An alternative to the horizontal horizon.

ISO 200, f/13, 1/100 sec, 210mm

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