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Rule of thirds? Have I got it right?

Scott ­ H
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Mar 05, 2008 04:18 |  #1

Hi all,

I have been reading about the 'Rule of Thirds' and I think I understand it. Below is a little photo I took a while ago with out knowledge of this rule and I thought it was a nice enough photo. Its not the most exciting subject matter but when the cactus flowers were out at Mt Coot-tha it was quite a show.

Can you please let me know what you guys think of this and whether this is in line with the rule of thirds? Also any ways to improve this shot? Maybe a crop?



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Mar 05, 2008 04:42 |  #2

The rule of thirds is primarily used to refer to horizons, lines, points of interest like eyes or other eye-catching features. Intersections of those lines are equally as valid.

When you have an image (such as the one above) that has a subject spread throughout, with no real focal point - it does not really apply the same way.

Now about that image....
It is almost polarised in the way the fore-subject is grouped to the left, and the back-subject to the right. Your relatively short DoF has created a situation where one full half of the image is a blur, and distratcting. PoV aside, and working with just that shot, a portrait crop would look better in my opinion. It also could do with a bit more contrast.

PoV -
When an everyday subject (like the above) is shot from an everyday point of view - you have a double negative - and in this case, it does not equal a positive :)
Look for interesting angles, or your photos will look like happy snaps. See the very bright sky above left? An angle from higher would have lost that.

Rules are great to know and understand. But they were written down by people like you and I. Look for things you like. Imagine an image hanging in a gallery before releasing the shutter.

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