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Leading Lines by Connie Reinhart

September 2021 - Leading Lines

About the Image(s)

We were at Cass Railroad in West Virginia a couple of years ago. The town and railroad have been preserved as a museum. We had a lumberjack breakfast, then rode the train up the mountainside. We took loads of pictures and made a slide presentation for our camera club. This yellow caboose is available for lodging as are all the old houses in the town of Cass. We stayed at a hunting lodge across the creek. Because I didn’t want to miss a shot in the changing lighting, the camera was set to auto everything. All I did to this image was sharpen using AI Clear.

13 comments posted

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
Railroad-lines are always a good way to lead the eyes of the viewer deeper into the picture. But those line on the big tank and the construction under it are fitting the theme well.   Posted: 09/05/2021 00:44:41
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Thank you. Perhaps the tracks are a litttle short for leading lines, but the rest of the scene was far more interesting than the tracks. Perhaps I should have removed the tracks from the lower left corner.   Posted: 09/24/2021 09:50:44

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
I like your vertical composition here. The yellow caboose holds my eye and is in a good position. This image could also be a nice horizontal, cropping just above the bottom of the tank. Both would work well.   Posted: 09/07/2021 11:27:38
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Perhaps a crop of just the caboose would work. Leavingpart of the tank in the image would just make it an unidentifiable object.   Posted: 09/24/2021 09:44:07

Ally Green   Ally Green
I like the leading lines of the track taking your eye to the Caboose. Perhaps to make it even more dramatic a lower perspective might be nice too. To me the tank is a distraction as i prefer simpler images so for me i would have taken the image without the tank so to just focused on the Caboose. Lovely colours though of the trees and they blend in well.   Posted: 09/07/2021 16:25:13
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Unfortuneately, I never thought of that crop. Should have, though.   Posted: 09/24/2021 09:45:10

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I felt the colors in the background along with the yellow caboose really enhanced the overall photograph. The leading lines were in a great position for the subject. Most of the times I see cabooses red (or hardly paid at all if they're in use commercially). The yellow really worked out great for it.   Posted: 09/13/2021 18:44:49
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Perhaps the yellow caught my eye. There were a couple of red cabooses, but I didn't really work them.   Posted: 09/24/2021 09:46:27

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
My eye does go to the yellow caboose, for more than the one reason of the train tracks. The yellow and orange branches point me there, too. I think the water tower is a framing technique, and it works here to keep me within the image. And the bright yellow of the caboose draws my eye (although not technically "leading" my eye). So, nice composition! The caboose is slightly tilted, but I think straightening it out to reality would make the image too static. Your trip description makes me want to take that trip!   Posted: 09/19/2021 15:44:45
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
I agree that the image looks a bit out of kilter, but this is an old sight. Everything was slightly off balance. I left the tank in to tell the story. Perhaps it should be reversed to allow the tank to stop the eye from going out of the picture.   Posted: 09/24/2021 09:48:34
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I don't like the idea of reversing images to make the image read from left to right. Reversing a person's face makes them look like a different person. Reversing a mountain makes it look unnatural, and anyone who knows that mountain knows it looks wrong. Reversing the location of the water tower in relation to the tracks would make the scene look wrong and "off" to the person who knows the subject matter.   Posted: 09/25/2021 12:07:24

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
I can definitely appreciate the leading lines of the tracks taking your eye right to the yellow train car, not that it really needed any help being such a bright subject. I agree with those above considering a tighter crop as I still find the water tower a bit of a distraction.   Posted: 09/25/2021 11:57:53

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Since you weren't taking this picture as an exercise in leading lines, I bet you have learned a lot about them now. I think the lesson here is that we can photograph a subject based on various things, only one of which is leading lines. I bet you could retake that scene with different looks now! More tracks if thinking about leading lines. Maybe low perspective. I think at the time you were focusing on taking a caboose picture, not a leading lines picture, and got caught up in taking a "color" picture.   Posted: 09/25/2021 12:12:12


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