Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Rule of Thirds

I am always fascinated by the beauty of nature in its most exquisite detail. I’m sure some people would look at my files and think, “Jeez, what a bunch of boring shots of plants!” I like to think that if I focus on presentation, I can redeem the endless green. The “Rule of Thirds” is a helpful tool for adding interest and eye-appeal to the composition of a shot. Tina outlines this concept and poses this week’s Challenge in informative detail. Visit her post HERE to see how it’s done.

I picked up a few additional pointers from Tina’s post that I will keep in mind.  
“It’s important to compose birds with an area of open space in front, visually implying they could fly away at a given moment.

Another approach to composing is a “Z” configuration – structuring your image so that the viewer’s eye is moving from left to right – as most of our viewers typically read.

“Good composition is like a suspension bridge – each line adds strength and takes none away…Making lines run into each other is not composition. There must be motive for the connection. Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition.”
Robert Henri

These are interesting concepts to ponder. What makes something pleasing or interesting to your eye? Leading lines, balance and symmetry, color, subject matter…there’s so much to consider in photography. And so much to see that’s pleasing and interesting in this wide world. Happy snapping, photographers!

17 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Rule of Thirds

  1. yA really wonderful post Priscilla, beautifully done. Loved your water droplets especially as well as the silhouette kicking up his heels – truly shows joy despite the inability to see expression. Also I’m annoyed beyond belief that I didn’t find that perfect quote you had at the end of your post!!!

  2. Great examples and explanations Priscilla. I must agree with bird photography, flying away is a great way to look at them. I used the same analogy in my post 🙂

  3. Wow. GREAT examples. Love flying cranes, sunset, woman by the ocean, leaping by the ocean, stunning sunset reflection, many others. Superb.

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