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Rule of Thirds on Display



This week, Cee has challenged us to explore the photography Rule of Thirds. The squirrel in my first picture is in the left third of the picture. He may be a bit close to the edge but he is so cute nibbling on his acorn that I think this action shot works.

The next photo is a landscape where the focal point is a water tower at the left of the scene. Your eyes go there first, move to glance at the rest of the photo elements, but are drawn back to the tower again.

Water Tower

Water Tower

The focal point can also be in the right third as seen in the next two photos. I like the way the steeple is grounded but reaches toward the sky in open space without hindrance.



The placement of this tower in the right third of the picture made it look more dramatic than if it was simply in the middle given the slanted hillside.



The little humming bird is in the top third of the picture which seems appropriate for a bird. He is perched on a branch going toward the left third of the picture. I hope the vertical branch on the right does not distract fom the hummingbird.



Finally, I selected a photo where the focal point is at the bottom of the photo with simple plants settled in the flower bed. Nothing distracts from the plants and they seem to have room to grow.



I hadn’t given the concept of upper and lower thirds as much thought as the right and left until this lesson. I also learned to think about where the open space is in relation to the position of the photo subject, and how that may impact someone’s emotional interpretation of the photograph.

These photos are posted for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge-Rule of Thirds. Check out her blog for lots of great photo tips and links to example photos!

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