Leading lines can be a very strong compositional element. I had passed this location every work day for over a year, and this old "Clipper" had been out on the street 90% of those days. I struggled to find an interesting way to shoot this car. I always felt there was a shot there. I just couldn't find it.
That was the case until one morning on the week of the Leading Lines assignment. I once again drove past this great car, but for whatever reason, I also looked at it in the rear view mirror. The image above is not far from the scene I saw in the rear-view mirror.
Once I saw it, I pulled my car over and made this photo. It is amazing how hard it seems to get past a block sometimes, and equally amazing how something as simple as an idea can take you past that same block.
On Taking Assignments
I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures (OTP) podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for good conversation about creativity, especially as it related to photography. In January 2014 the hosts, Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, began a new segment of weekly assignments that they gave to listeners. Results of the assignments are posted on the OTP Google Plus group. I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would complete each one before the next assignment was announced on the show each Tuesday morning. My 'On Taking Assignments' blog posts are the culmination of my year-long focus on these assignments.