When composing an image I often start out applying the "Rule of Thirds". I don't use it as a set rule; more as a guideline or starting point for a more interesting photographic composition. In landscape photography I like to place the horizon in accordance to the importance of the sky; with dramatic sky formations I like to place the horizon in the lower third giving the sky more preference, for images with stronger foregrounds and weaker cloud or sky formations I prefer to place the horizon in the upper third of the image. Usually locating the horizon in the middle makes a photo ordinary and static. An exception to what I just said here would be a grand landscape lake reflection. I often apply the same approach to my flower photography and lay the focus or point of interest within the flower at one of the four intersections, leaving room for the viewer to explore the image but also to be drawn back to the focus point.
Both images are gorgeous, Juergen. I like how you are bringing up some of your old posts. It's enabling me to enjoy some of your archives, I might not otherwise have seen. I think as a guideline, the rule of thirds has really been a beneficial tip. I find myself composing scenes in my head in thirds now, even without a camera in my hand.:)ReplyDelete
Thanks Roni ... glad you like the images. I often start out with the rule of third and go from there ... as you say it's just a guideline and may help one to start thinking about a composition ... thinking in thirds I like!ReplyDelete
Thank you Juergen, very useful tips. The rule of thirds has to always be in our mind.ReplyDelete
Thanks Fernando. The rule of thirds should be used as a guideline and starting point. It sure makes for better images but one wants to explore from there to arrive at the best photo composition ... keeping it in mind is key ... glad you enjoyed this photography tip! My best, Juergen http://juergen-roth.artistwebsites.comReplyDelete