#16 in the Judging a Photograph Series
I take a lot of pictures of roads because I like to remember journeys. If I’m having a family day out or I’m going on holiday, the journey might be part of the fun. Maybe you think taking photos of tarmac is boring! This is how I try to make roads more interesting in photos.
Roads for Leading Lines
The best thing about taking a photo of the road in front of me is that it makes a leading line in the image. That’s a strong feature in a composition. The leading line works by making your eye move along it, into the photograph. It should give a feeling of three-dimensions, even though the photo is flat.
A leading line usually runs diagonally from the lower corners of a photograph. Even with a road directly ahead, the edges may be at the corners and it will peter away into the distance.
Zoom to Add Perspective
This shot taken in the Yorkshire Dales has a lovely view ahead of it. Instead of snapping it from the passenger seat, we stopped and I got out to take the photo. It would have been better if we had stopped 20 yards sooner because then I could have used more zoom. If I can stand further back and zoom in on the road ahead then it adds a lot more perspective.
Making Tarmac Less Boring
Tarmac is boring and I hesitate to commit a lot of pixels to the black stuff. In this shot there is a lovely damp sheen on the road surface from the rain. By turning the photo black and white it really stands out. Roads, pavements and especially cobbles look fantastic after rain.
There were two other reasons why I turned it black and white; Firstly to cut through the mist in the background; Secondly because I needed a photo to enter in a monochrome competition. I didn’t win anything for this one and I wasn’t surprised as the competition was stiff. The colour version is a nice shot but I have never processed it and it’s RAW SOC (straight out of camera).
I even shoot pictures of the motorway. Perhaps that sounds a bit weird but one of these days I’ll write a post and share more pictures and you will understand where I am coming from! Why not challenge yourself to take a photo of your journeys as you go out and about over the spring and summer months?
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