Zig-Zag patterns

I hadn’t noticed before, but I sometimes favor a zig-zag pattern to my photographs, shooting across the plane of the picture and using natural formations and shadows to complete the effect. I wonder if this is a normal tendency on the part of all photographers?

I do know that it tends to draw the eye into the picture, at least from my perspective. But then, I took the picture. From another’s perspective, it might be an annoying tendency of mine, one in which they hope I’ll soon outgrow as I learn to take photos with the grain of the shot rather than across it. Somewhat like petting a cat with the fur rather than against the fur.


I saw this fence and thought to myself, “Of course I have to take this picture”, but people kept coming up the path next to the fence. I didn’t want them to think I was trying to take the picture, and force them to cut short their enjoyment of the flowers along the way, so I’d look anywhere but at the fence.

I must have looked like an idiot, standing next to the fence, swiviling my head around and not looking at anything.


I took this with my fisheye lens because I wanted to accentuate the “V” formation in the field. The problem with the fisheye though is that my shadow kept ending up in the shot. I had to hold the camera just so and far away from my body. Again, I must have looked an idiot. I like the shot, but I’m not happy with the lighting.


This is a case where the shadows of the tree formed the ‘zag’ part of the zig-zag, breaking up the ground between the house and the fence. It’s an okay shot, but nothing to write home about.

Of course, this is a weblog — one can always write in a weblog.


This tree was literally growing sideways. I’m not sure I captured it at the right angle — forgive the pun! — but I’ll be back, and will try other shots. It might be better as a color shot, but the sky was too white and too bland. Next time I’ll try with bright blue sky, see what happens.

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