Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge – Week #6 – Horizontal Lines and Horizon

This week Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge has picked up on what I consider to be my worst failing as a photographer. I have a huge amount of trouble keeping horizontal lines level. This is just not a problem in photography, hanging pictures is a problem and I always find myself questioning whether something is level or not. I just don’t have the “straight line” gene if there is such a thing.

As this is a problem for me I use photo editing software a lot. The main one that I use is Picasa which is free and very easy to use. I also have Adobe Photoshop Elements but I am still really learning my way around this so I tend to edit in Picasa and save Adobe Photoshop Elements for experimenting with particular photos. Occasionally I will use the Microsoft software to do quick adjustments but even once I’ve edited a picture I am often still doubtful about if I got it right.

So with that warning here are a few photos with horizontal lines. All of them are older photos so I honestly can’t remember which were edited but I think I would have used Picasa’s “Straighten” feature on all of them.

The first and third ones were taken on boats so keeping lines straight was especially challenging.

Sydney Opera House
Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania – estuary of the Gordon River.
Lynchford Station on the West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania
Lynchford Station on the West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania
The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House
Spirit of Tasmania at Port Melbourne.
Spirit of Tasmania at Port Melbourne.
Regent Hotel Burnie, Tasmania
Regent Hotel Burnie
Table Cape, Tasmania
Table Cape, Tasmania


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. You have some marvelous horizons for this week’s challenge. I like the Spirit of Tasmania. But then I just like boats and being on the water. šŸ˜€


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