Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #7 Vertical Lines

This scene requires some context to appreciate it the way I have. It is an old bridge on an abandoned section of US 40 in western Indiana. The 4-lane US 40, passing by us about 100 yards to the south, replaced it in the late 1930s and this road remains only as an access to several houses. Our vertical takes us up to a ridge and into the trees just ahead. I stood here and imagined seeing a horse-drawn wagon poking along or a Ford Model A delivery truck hauling cargo. This was THE road less than 100 years ago – just think how things have changed!

Looking from the perimeter into the Shrine Room at the Indiana World War Memorial, there is nothing but vertical lines: sandwiched between two huge red granite columns, we see the flag flanked with gilded cords and the four cauldrons standing around the consecration altar, with four more granite columns and two of the blue stained glass window sections in the background. The use of verticals in the design of this room makes it look very tall and imposing.

Here is a picture that Lain snapped with my Nex F3. All these tall grasses stand roughly vertical and we have to look around for a bit to find the one in-focus strand of grass. I think she did a good job of making a plain subject into an interesting picture.

Jenna has her piano recitals at a Methodist church near our home. After the performances we all go out in the lobby for refreshments. I took some of that time to sneak back into the sanctuary and get some pictures of their stained-glass windows. With the sanctuary lights dimmed, I used the pews from below with their diagonals and the horizontal brickwork on the sides to frame this scene and funnel the eyes to the back-lit windows. The vertical window frames then give the focal point of the scene its directionality.

——–>>> Extra Credit:

This is the original picture looking down the park entrance road toward the roundabout. I will start by a little straightening because it makes me tilt my head a bit as it is! What I want to do is make the roundabout closer without losing too much of the sky or of the trees that line the road.

This first crop is a landscape. We still see the trees lining the road, but we lose a lot of the road and of the sky. However, we are now a lot closer to the roundabout.

The second crop is a portrait and narrows the sides in all directions. We keep some more of the road and sky than we did in the first crop, but we lose much of the trees on the sides.

I think the first crop does this picture more justice. The center stripe on the road is enough to start the verticality that extends on through the flagpoles. Seeing more of the road would be overkill. And I like the sky and the clouds, but I do not want to lose so much of the color of the trees and the closeness of the roundabout just to see more sky in this particular scene.

My editing software is Picasa 3. I like Picasa because it has a generous number of tools that are easy to use, and it is a free download! I have Photoshop too, but now I only use it for finer detail work and/or special effects.

You can see and compare other entries for this challenge at Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #7 Vertical Lines!


  1. Such a wonderful walkthrough of your photos. I agree that the landscape version of the trees and road is the best shot. You have several vertical lines of different width and it shows them off well. Wonderful entry.

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    1. The stained glass in this church is very nice. I think they have eight different windows that have a different pattern. We had a sunny day when I got these captures – it all worked out well in the darkness of the sanctuary.


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