Curves and Circles

Lines that curve through a composition lead the eye in a similar way that a shoreline, river or winding road does. The circle is made up of a continuous curve, and its movement keeps the eye in the picture frame whilst leading it around the composition. An Excellent example of this is 'Snell's window', which is a powerful tool in wide angle. The circular curve of Snell also makes a soft frame in which to include the main centre of interest.

fig. 7.18 I was first attracted to this curve on a brittle star during a night dive. I composed it with a diagonal tilt and positioned the tight circle close to the 'thirds'.

Nikon D300, 60 mm macro lens, f16 at 1/250th sec, two Inon Z220 flashguns (could easily have been taken with one flash).

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