Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This week’s photo challenge is Rule of Thirds.

I learned this rule very early but have basically forgotten about it when taking pictures.

I would like to think this is a rule for the novice so as to get them away taking photos with subject of interest exactly at the center.

Composition is a complicated subject, only by taking photos with the subject of interest at the third points rigidly is not a panacea.CIMG4363

The picture here was taken by my wife while travelling in the South West of USA, visiting many national parks.

On this picture, the tree trunks are taken at almost the third points, leaving a lot of “empty” space to show the background – in observance of the rule proposed by the Challenger.

Unfortunately, this is the only one picture I can find right now fitting this week’s theme!

18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

  1. Oh, this is a lovely photo! Reminds me of eastern Washington state, which is also desert with rivers running through it. I have found that the rule of thirds helps me to come up with more interesting compositions in my photos, so it’s been helpful to me (I’m one of those novices).

    • I think I have not used the word novice correctly. What I intend to say is that while I tried to adopt this rule when I first start photographing, later on, I did not intentionally stick by the rule and compose my image more based on intuition. Regards, Michael

  2. What caught me eye, beyond the rule-of-thirds, was the unexpected parallel stratification lines between the distant hills, and the water lines on the trunks of the trees. This also added contrasting compositional elements in that the hills are horizontal strata, while we expect tree trunks to be verticle with texture, but the tree’s strata lines are also horizontal. I’m sure that was all planned, right? šŸ™‚

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