Lines and colour

Lines and colour

8 week online workshop
lesson 3
Frames, lines, shape and colour

I’ve been trying to think a lot about this while taking photos for the last few weeks. Colour seems easier to find, I like pretty colourful things and I think about colour a lot (probably a sewing and designing habit).
Photo 1 – ISO 200, 50mm f/2.8 1/1600. Not quite the composition I had in mind but you take what you can get when dealing with a three year old! I like the way she is looking down the line of pillars and the way they recede into the background. I also like the straight line of the shadow that runs almost down the middle and the yellow pillar she is leaning against for a bit of colour interest as well (and her psychedelic circus leggings!)
Photo 2 – I think that the lines made but the window frames kind of lead the eye towards the face in this shot.The person in the bottom right corner annoys me, but I don’t like the way the photo looks if I crop him out so I’ll put up with it. ISO 200 50mm f/2.8 1/640.
(These were in front of the exhibition centre in Melbourne, I took a lot of photos here as it was shape, angle, and line central!)
Photo 3 – I had this vision of a silhouette framed by the big window, Missy was not willing to stand there long enough for me to get the settings right to really get what I wanted!
Photo 4 – something I did a few weeks ago, playing with colour and the sunlight. Photographing the dishes instead of doing the dishes 🙂 ISO 100 50mm f/1.4 1/2500.

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I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. They are brilliant photos. I may have to go there when I get to the lines part x

    • Oh yes, do – the convention centre in South Wharf, you know? (The interior pic was in the Hilton where we always stay – I just love it there). It’s a really good place for photos, lots of interesting stuff. Which would be why there were several photography workshops going on around there that I noticed. You must try what Robyn suggests with the first shot, about having the subject further down the frame so that the eye is drawn into the picture. That would look really cool.

  2. Siobhan, these are wonderful. I love them all. Great to be seeing you take the lessons and producing beautiful photos like these. Lovely use of lines, frames, shapes and colour. The colour in those glasses is gorgeous.
    My only suggestion would have been to try one with your daughter further into the pillars in the first image so that the eye is drawn towards her. As it is the eye is drawn past her and lands on the two bright orange things in the background. But as you said not easy to get the perfect composition with a 3 y.o. 🙂
    There are a few very minor things that could be improved in editing – that annoying man will be super easy to get rid of!

  3. Thank you, Robyn. I’m taking a while to go through the lessons because I like to really work on one topic and digest it and play with it as much as I can. I would have loved to take a shot of her further down the pillars, too, but she developed a sudden need for a bathroom that cut my play time short 🙂 I do have a photo of her and her daddy walking along, taken from behind that is getting close to that idea as well, but it would have been better if I had been further back.
    Looking forward to getting rid of the annoying man.

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