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.
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!
The theme of Serenity runs through my blog.
Here is the Serenity Prayer:
Serenity Prayer – God Grant Me The Serenity – Full Version
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Don’t think I have sufficient material to write a good book on Annecy, France.
I like this medieval town in France, with a waterway going through it and the pastel color buildings on the sides of the waterway.
Of course, there is the Annecy lake which is so picturesque.
If I ever write a book on Annecy, this will be my Cover photo.
The castle (which was actually a prison) stands in the middle of the waterway. Two birds were gliding past – what a sight!
Please enjoy :-)
The challenge for this week from the Daily Post is Cover Art.
Hokkaido, Japan s a place that I will never be tired of visiting.
It is beautiful, picturesque and peaceful.
If I were to publish a book about it, this photo will be the cover.
Color foliage, peaceful lake with tree branches in the dark blue water!
It was cold and we were up in the mountains of Yunnan, China.
Our trip brought us to the Napa Lake; but at this time of the year, the lake was totally dry so that you can walk on the lake bottom.
As the extent of the lake was immense, horses were available for renting out.
We walked the lake and felt the immensity of the place.
Walking back we noted these three girls, who looked after the horses, were in a dialogue.
Their costumes and colors have prompted me taking this picture.
Of course, I never knew what they were chatting about!
In the last two times I visited West Lake (Hangzhou), it was deep Autumn and rainy.
So, my pictures all have a very bluish tint and didn’t look too interesting.
Here is a photo supplied by my friend CP Chan, showing the silhouette of a pagoda, in the water.
This image illustrates Hangzhou at its best, when everything seems to be an impression, rather than real.
We have the coldest February since 1996. Where I live, the temperature was down to 6 degrees Celsius this morning. You may say that this is already high by many standards. But mind you, I am living in the subtropics!
It is rainy and gloomy too. This reminds me again of my trip up Snowdonia in 1985.
From a high altitude, I had a good glimpse of Llyn Llydaw – one of Snowdonia’s deepest lake.
The following is lifted from Wikipedia which gives a detailed description of the lake:
Llyn Llydaw – 1,430 feet (440 m) high, 110 acres (45 ha) – lies in Cwm Dyli, Snowdon’s eastern cwm, and is one of Snowdonia’s deepest lakes, at up to 190 ft (58 m) deep. Various explanations of its name have been put forward, including lludw (“ash”), from ashen deposits along the shore, to Llydaw (“Brittany”). It contains evidence of a crannog settlement, and was the location of a 10-by-2-foot (3 m × 0.6 m) dugout canoe described in the Cambrian Journal in 1862. The lake is significantly coloured by washings from the copper mines nearby, and is used by the Cwm Dyli hydroelectric power station, which opened in 1906. The lake is crossed by a causeway, built in 1853 and raised in the 20th century to prevent the causeway from flooding frequently.
The most prominent feature on this image is the causeway – a causeway which I crossed when we descended the mountain.