The classical dogma about photo composition states that the eye likes order and that elements that are spatially organized in a picture evoke a more pleasing feeling. The Rule of Thirds evolved from this philosophy and has shaped the way photographers look at their subjects through the view finder.
Today, I wanted to share with a couple of photos where the rule of thirds is abandoned for a more interesting perspective. In the first photo, the subject is emerging into the frame from the lower corner. As the eye picks this up it tries to resolve the rest of the image. Here, the layout of the trees help out by moving in the same direction as the subject. A diagonal line in a picture is supposed to evoke motion and tension. I think that it makes the picture more interesting rather than placing the subject upright amongst a bunch of trees….like I did on the next frame.
Here I broke one of the tenants of photo composition: placing the subject dead center in the frame. We call this area of the frame, the bulls-eye. To add to the tension, a tree trunk in the foreground is out of focus. The eye is not used to that, only the background is blurred in most portrait photography. It works nicely in this photograph because it helps frame Ryan, and the lines are running the same direction as the background.
Always be looking for interesting ways to use and abuse the Rule of Thirds-Cool Cake Style. It’s a great general rule but some really interesting images can be achieved by experimenting. Also don’t be afraid to put something between the lens and the subject. It gives us a sense depth and adds environmentally to the image…also it satisfies our voyeuristic desires to peek in on what other people are doing. Hope this helps.
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