The Leading Lines at Fort Point

I recently joined in on a Meetup photo shoot with a group that I'd been involved with for the past year.  I knew someone who first tried the Meetup and enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a try.  My first photo shoot was in the sunflower fields of Davis, California.  It was a sunset shoot and at 7pm it was over 90 degrees, but I learned a little bit about composition and using a reflector.  And more importantly, it was my first experience working with a model.  Perhaps the only downside was that there were so many photographers there, and only three models, so it was hard to get even a few seconds of one on one time.

For the Fort Point shoot, there were three models, but eight photographers, and it was a much better ratio.  More on those photos over the next few weeks.  This post is primarily about leading lines because I seem to be obsessed with them at the moment, and you'll even see them in the up-coming model photographs.

First, say hello to Fort Point.  You can read more about it here.

ISO 200   35mm f/2 compact lens   f/3.6   1/2900sec.   Yes, there was some Photoshop work done here to remove some of the distracting tourists in the foreground. 

ISO 200   35mm f/2 compact lens   f/3.6   1/2900sec.   Yes, there was some Photoshop work done here to remove some of the distracting tourists in the foreground. 

You can see the Fort sitting at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.  From where this shot was taken to the fort itself is probably one mile, and the temperature will vary greatly.  If it's 80 degrees where this photo was taken, it will be 20 degrees cooler and very breezy at the fort itself.  That's just the way the gateway to the San Francisco Bay is ... the winds come flying through the narrow gap and then ease up as they enter the bay.

ISO 400   56mm prime lens   f/1.2   1/1250sec

More leading lines of bricks, just for fun!

ISO 200   16-55mm lens at 18.2mm   f/2.8   1/110sec

Because it's a fort, the building itself shows leading lines very well in the brick walls.

In the lower courtyard area you'll find more leading lines and antique cannons.  Fort Point isn't just a historical building; it's also a museum.  Though not a large one in the traditional sense, but it does have some displays like the cannons and cannon balls.

ISO 3200   16-55mm lens at 55mm   f/2.8   1/50sec

You can see the leading lines of sorts in the arches as well.  Is that right?  Or are they appropriately called leading arches?  Leading lines lead the eye to a certain focal point in photo, so a series of arches would do the same thing. 

ISO 2500   16-55mm lens at 35.3mm   f/2.8   1/60sec

Back to more leading lines ... the following is one of my favorite.

ISO 200   56mm prime lens   f/1.2   1/25sec

This corridor encompasses the officers quarters of the fort.  No, that's not a person at the end of the corridor, but a glass display case of a soldier's uniform.  However, looking at the next photo, perhaps he's a would-be suitor for Sophia?

ISO 200   56mm prime lens   f/1.2   1/20sec

Okay, so I know I said I was going to save the model pictures until later postings, but I decided to show this one because I didn't actually get it right.  You'll see that my shutter speed is 1/20sec, which was way too slow and it caused a little blurriness in the photo.  I should have shot it at about 1/100sec, but I was so excited about the shot that I didn't think...

And, of course, what would lines be without the iconic Golden Gate Bridge!

ISO 200   16-55mm lens at 23.4mm   f/2.8   1/3000sec    A little Photoshop work again just to remove some tourists in the foreground.

More photos of this shoot soon!  Instead of my usual single blog post on the entire shoot, I'm going to break this shoot up by giving each model a blog post because with each of them, I had various looks and shooting styles in mind.

Tune in next week for more!

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1 with 35mm f/2 compact prime lens, 56mm f/1.2 prime lens, and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens