Tree-Lined Driveway, Mississippi

Photograph by Sam Abell, National Geographic

This photograph by Sam Abell, which charms with its rich colors, is actually a study in geometry. The composition is symmetrical, with the road running directly down the center of the arching trees. The twin rows of trees and flowers contain a series of triangles and leading lines that draw us through the composition. —Annie Griffiths

Photo Tip: Symmetry can be dull or delightful in composition. It’s all about balance. Strong lines and colors and the placement of the horizon and open spaces can all add interest to what appears, at first glance, to be a simple, symmetrical scene.

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