Dramatic Diagonals

There are very few straight lines in nature and even less underwater. Vertical and horizontal lines often cut a picture in half, but the diagonal line is strong and dynamic. It's an excellent tool for the underwater photographer.

Diagonal lines contrast strongly with horizontal and vertical elements, carrying your eye through the entire scene. By suggesting perspective, they also add depth to a picture.

Lines leading from bottom left to top right are considered to work best, because that's the natural way for the eye to travel. This direction happens to be the way in which we read in the Western world.

Converging lines created by reef walls, corals and wreckage are ideal for adding a strong sense of depth, scale and perspective, due to the way they rush away to the horizon and seem to move closer together with distance.

The dynamic diagonal will often lead the viewer's eye to the focal point.

fig. 7.12 Nikon D300, f19 at 1/180th Nikon 60 mm macro lens, ISO 400 (I'd forgotten to change it back to 200 from a previous dive), one Inon flashgun using inward light techniques, see the 'All About Lighting'chapter for various techniques on positioning flashguns to eliminate unwanted backgrounds. Whilst the following picture has little to do with composition, it may be of interest to see how this opportunity on a sabretooth blenny started out. Fig. 7.13.

fig. 7.12 Nikon D300, f19 at 1/180th Nikon 60 mm macro lens, ISO 400 (I'd forgotten to change it back to 200 from a previous dive), one Inon flashgun using inward light techniques, see the 'All About Lighting'chapter for various techniques on positioning flashguns to eliminate unwanted backgrounds. Whilst the following picture has little to do with composition, it may be of interest to see how this opportunity on a sabretooth blenny started out. Fig. 7.13.

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