“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.”
― Katharine Hepburn

It is important to learn the “rules” of photography so that you can use them to help you create compelling images.  It is also important to know when it is time to break the rules.

This week’s challenge for 52 frames was the rule of thirds.  Think of your frame as divided by a tic tac toe board.  If you are following the rule of  thirds, you will place your subject or what you want your viewer to focus on at one of the points of intersection.

Rule of Thirds Grid

Rule of Thirds Grid

I took the bracts of a poinsettia and arranged them on a light table.  I then used a small flashlight to illuminate the subject.

Poinsettia and Flower

Poinsettia and Flower

 

Red and Green

Red and Green

 

Saturday my friend Chris and I went to 40 Acre Rock to photograph.  I was drawn immediately to one tree and the surrounding area.  While working on my composition, I kept the rule of thirds in mind when placing the sun star.

Tree and Rocks

Tree and Rocks

As a tribute to Valentine’s Day, I made the following image, making sure to highlight something using the rule of thirds.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

I enjoyed working on the week’s challenge.

If you would like to see all of the submissions for the rule of thirds, you can view them here.

I am looking forward to the next challenge and seeing where it leads me.

 

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Some great ideas Mary. I love the tree and rocks.

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