Weekend Photography Challenge #403 The Rule of Thirds.

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  • #368536

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Ok, back to basics…. any subject using the the Rule of Thirds as a compositional tool!

    https://www.lightstalking.us/first-rule-of-photography/ by Federico Alegria

    https://www.lightstalking.us/rule-of-thirds/ by Rob Wood (Admin)

  • #368542

    LeanneC
    Participant

    This one was shot with the rule of thirds in mind…

    Pansy, High Key:

    Pansy, High Key

    • #368752

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Love it! A real ‘arty’ shot!

    • #369036

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I agree, very arty. Feels like an overhead shot of a bedspread doona type of thing. Terrific colours.

      • #369056

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks Tobie and Graham.

        I had no idea, Graham, what a doona was…now I have another name for a duvet! Cool. I would love a doona with that design. When my walls are all covered I may have to look into fabric printing 🙂

    • #369136

      davidc
      Participant

      Firework flower. lovely shot Leanne

    • #369263

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Really lovely Leanne!

    • #369373

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Very different – and lovely “arty”

    • #369407

      Albirder
      Participant

      You can use this one over and over for the use of compositional tools. Excellent, Leanne!

  • #368543

    LeanneC
    Participant

    And another that uses the rule…

    A Rosedrop:

    A Rosedrop

    • #368556

      Sue
      Participant

      I love the reflection in the drop, they say red catches the eye!

    • #368906

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Leanne, both of these are wonderful!

    • #368958

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Absolutely stunning Leanne. Your reflecting drops are always a real treat and I imagine, amazingly difficult to pull off.

    • #369038

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great shot Leanne. I need to spend more time looking at water drops as I never notice the reflections like you do. Love the pink BG behind the drop too.

    • #369057

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Thank you Sue, Kent, Bobbie and Graham. I have always loved the rain but rarely shot in it. Now my camera and I fly out the door on a rainy day! Drops are so much fun 🙂

    • #369137

      davidc
      Participant

      Another great shot Leanne.

    • #369264

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Raindrops are great to photograph, the reflection makes this!

    • #369281

      Dawn
      Participant

      Fabulous shot Leanne, I love macro stuff.

  • #368548

    karenhy
    Participant

    Sunset

    mauisunset1

    • #368857

      LeanneC
      Participant

      So pretty. I like the how the sun is framed by the trees as well.

    • #369040

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      This is gold! Beautiful.

    • #369138

      davidc
      Participant

      Very nice. I can feel the warmth.

    • #369271

      karenhy
      Participant

      Thank you Leanne, Graham, and David!

    • #369408

      Albirder
      Participant

      This is a beauty. It is easy to see how much better the picture is because of the rule of thirds.

  • #368564

    Andre P.
    Participant

    should be deleted (but i don’t know how …)

  • #368569

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Keep trying to post a pic here but it never appears?

     

  • #368570

    Frogdaily
    Participant

    Battery Point Lighthouse

    Battery Point Lighthouse

    • #368753

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Perfect composition Frog’s! Beautiful image too!

    • #368823

      Holly K
      Participant

      Great horizontal lines, plus the vertical, in this composition!

    • #368858

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Nice light on the lighthouse, too. A great shot.

    • #368907

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Beautiful moment, perfectly captured!

    • #368959

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Beautiful composition Frog.

    • #369041

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great pic. So many interesting elements to explore. Wonderful composition and light Frog.

    • #369139

      davidc
      Participant

      Nice one Frog. fits the bill perfectly.

    • #369176

      logos189
      Participant

      Very nice work Frog. I love the composition and how the lighthouse stands out.

    • #369355

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Thank you so much for your kind words Tobie, Holly, Leanne, Kent, Bobbie, Graham, David and Logos!

    • #369409

      Albirder
      Participant

      Rule of thirds and a dash of red. Wonderful!

  • #368574

    Graham Hart
    Participant

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  • #368606

    davidc
    Participant

    Mountain and the moon

    nature (1 of 1)-17

    • #368620

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Sounds like the title of a romantic novel. Do they get each other in the end?

      • #369133

        davidc
        Participant

        The Chinese have a story about Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. A little girl sets of to find the man in the moon to help her family. The jade rabbit also lives there.

    • #368908

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Lovely!

      • #369134

        davidc
        Participant

        Thanks Kent.

    • #369042

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love it. Kind of stripped bare down to the shadowed foreground against a distant background with the bejewelled moon floating amid the beautiful colours of sunset.

      • #369135

        davidc
        Participant

        Thanks Graham. Like the poetical description.

    • #369372

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      SO many contrasts in shapes, scale – the foreground is like a series of steps connecting both elements.

      • #369590

        davidc
        Participant

        Thanks pat. We were on our way back down the mountain trail and came to a clearing in the woods. Just lucky with this one.

  • #368631

    Federico Alegria
    Participant

    • #368844

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I absolutely love this pic Federico. It’s got eye snags, its got over-exposure, its got cut-off objects but without them it wouldn’t be as authentic as it is. The compo, tones, shapes and man’s pose all make this a fantastic image in my mind.

      • #369114

        Federico Alegria
        Participant

        Thanks a lot @diripics for your comment, I did recovered a bit from the light, but not that much.

    • #368909

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      I really like this one as well. Like Graham states- it has an authenticity that is the hallmark of great street photography.

      • #369116

        Federico Alegria
        Participant

        Wow, thanks @kent, I really feel honored of getting this image linked to the concept of “great street photography”.

    • #368960

      Bobbie
      Participant

      This is a wonderful street shot Frederico because I want to hear the man’s story.

      • #369117

        Federico Alegria
        Participant

        Hi there @bobbie , thanks for your comment. Well I was just chilling at this local billiards at downtown in my country, and then I saw this scene, the light was just perfect and everything was calling out to be photographed.

    • #369140

      davidc
      Participant

      Great lines and the composition is superb.

    • #369260

      Ann Braun Wheatley
      Participant

      Takes me right there. Felicitaciones, Frederico!

    • #369371

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Simple, yet so much for the eye to discover and the mind to imagine.

    • #369656

      ElinL
      Participant

      I love this image Federico ! The colours, lines and composition – all perfect.

  • #368727

    Doug
    Participant

    Door in Paris

    Door in Paris

    • #368961

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Good eye Doug. Making the simple both interesting and beautiful is never simple and you’ve done it for me.

    • #369043

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I agree with Bobbie. It appears as if the door is being heated from behind and beginning to glow red hot.

    • #369084

      Doug
      Participant

      Thanks, Bobbie and Graham. Those are fortuitous splotches of red paint all right, and the lighting was made more interesting I think by a bit of fill reflection from a nearby shop window.

    • #369141

      davidc
      Participant

      This is very simple but catches the eye. Great catch Doug.

    • #369370

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Again, love the simplicity. It makes me want to see more. Sure fits the “3rds”

  • #368745

    Tom M
    Participant

    Delete. Still can’t add photos???

     

     

    • #368746

      Doug
      Participant

      I was having the same issue, but logging out and logging back in seemed to cure it for me, and I was able to add the door photo above.

  • #368754

    Tobie
    Moderator

    The upload appears to be working…

    Pied Kingfisher

    kingfisher

     

    • #368824

      Holly K
      Participant

      This kingfisher says, “I am ready for my close-up!”

    • #368856

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Cool how the body and beak are right on the lines and the eye is where they meet. Nailed that rule of thirds!

      • #368941

        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Leanne!

    • #368902

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Very nice!

      • #368942

        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Bruce!

    • #368910

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Wonderful Tobie!

      • #368943

        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Kent!

    • #369045

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Faultless as usual Tobie. I’m beginning to think you’re in cahoots with a taxidermist who owns a studio. I’m sure I’ve seen that backdrop before?

    • #369142

      davidc
      Participant

      fits the bill Tobie. Great shot.

    • #369367

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      So crisp and clear against the background. Looks regal and almost a smirk it seems.

  • #368760

    Andre P.
    Participant


    70-300 mm lens at 116 mm (= 174 mm EQ35)
    f11, 1/320 s., 100 ISO

    • #368976

      Holly K
      Participant

      The composition and the clouds make this a powerful photo.

    • #369046

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I like this theme of nature vs man’s way of controlling electricity. If only we could get lightning to power those cables! Very dark and brooding shot. I like it.

    • #369143

      davidc
      Participant

      Reminds me of a giant puppet with all the strings waiting to come to life. Great catch apzwee.

  • #368767

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Bug Wings.

    • #368904

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Great capture! I bet he didn’t sit there very long..

    • #368944

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Spot-on!

    • #369144

      davidc
      Participant

      The leaf looks like a bug facing down the fly. Like this a lot Graham.

      • #369168

        Graham Hart
        Participant

        Didn’t see that David. Well spotted!

  • #368803

    Click
    Participant

    Rock Concert for One

    Rock Concert for One

    • #368905

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Nice shot!

      Are the rocks on the small side, or were you running from the frog? 😉

    • #369048

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great pic. Not the usual place one sees a frog.

    • #369145

      davidc
      Participant

      The framing makes it look like one giant frog. Good one Click.

    • #369366

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      This one made me laugh and that’s a good thing. The title is very clever.

  • #368825

    Pamela Winter
    Participant

     

    • #369049

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Sweet pic Pamela. Looks like a nice spot to lay your head and listen to nature.

      • #369204

        Pamela Winter
        Participant

        Thanks! It’s in the Texas hill country.  The bluebonnets were crazy that year!

    • #369146

      davidc
      Participant

      Very nice Pamela. In the woods is one of my favourite places.

      • #369206

        Pamela Winter
        Participant

        Thank you! This is the much acclaimed Texas hill country and the wild bluebonnets were crazy that year!!

    • #369362

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      A very pleasing image, Pamela.

  • #368828

    Bruce Gordon
    Participant

    Marmot

    Marmot…

    • #368945

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Nice!

    • #368962

      Bobbie
      Participant

      He looks like the perfect model Bruce.

      • #369015

        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Thanks! He was putting on quite a show! 🙂

    • #369050

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Don’t think I’ve ever heard of this creature before. Looks as cute as a button (Now tell me they’ll rip you to shreds if you approach them?) Just how big is this guy?

      • #369313

        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        It’s hard to say how big they are, as one can never get close! They are about 1 1/2 feet long and I guess they weigh about 8 or 10lbs. They are a rodent related to ground squirrels and Prairie Dogs. This is the Alpine version.

    • #369066

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Your marmot is much cuter than our “yellow bellied” variety. And I don’t know about this one, but ours will rip a cat to shreds. You don’t want them in your neighbourhood, Graham. They are nasty to gardens too.

      • #369326

        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Fortunately, this variety lives in the rocks above the tree line (about 10,500 feet above sea level) This photo was taken at about 14,000′, near the summit of Mt. Evans, Colorado. No cats up here!

    • #369147

      davidc
      Participant

      Looks like an animal with an attitude. great catch Bruce

  • #368832

    Bruce Gordon
    Participant

    Paint Mines

    Paint Mines, Colorado

    • #369051

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      How interesting. Do they actually make paint from this coloured stuff?

      • #369319

        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        This unusual formation is the result of minerals leaching through the various layers of rock structure, coloring them, and then becoming exposed by erosion over the ages. The Native Americans actually did travel to this location to ‘mine’ the rocks for use as pigment for paint. It’s a fairly small area with really interesting formations and colors. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, too!

    • #369333

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Going to have to check this place out next time I’m down south visiting my Sister. Thanks for posting Bruce.

      • #369462

        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Indeed check it out! It’s about 30 miles east of Colorado Springs. Let me know, and I’ll buy you a beer!

  • #368855

    LeanneC
    Participant

    One more, taken today on a rainy walk…

    Rainy Day Treasure

    • #368911

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      That is an incredible shot! I love the focus point vs background blur!

      • #369059

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks Bruce!

    • #368912

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Wow! You’ve got that technique down!

      • #369060

        LeanneC
        Participant

        It is SO much fun, Kent. Becomes a little addictive, walking around from raindrop to raindrop.

    • #368946

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Perfectly on the 3rd’s lines!

      • #369061

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Haha! Your kingfisher photo inspired me, Tobie!

    • #368954

      Andre P.
      Participant

      I like this ! I wonder what is reflected in the drop. Snow and trees? No – flowers and ???

    • #369052

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thirds rule, OK! Fantastic shot Leanne. The focus point could not be any stronger.

    • #369062

      LeanneC
      Participant

      apweez – the reflection is of the sand cherry bush that the branch is in…and the sky and some fall colour from nearby leaves. But really it can be whatever you want to imagine! 🙂

      Graham – thanks so much!

    • #369148

      davidc
      Participant

      Bit scary this one Leanne. Reminds me of the aliens from fire in the sky when they put a machine on his eyes and he looks through a liquid at the probe coming towards his eye. Superb!!

      • #369561

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Oh man! I am going to have to watch that movie again now. I will call you when I wake from nightmares!

    • #369283

      Dawn
      Participant

      This is my favourite pic of the week, well done Leanne.

    • #369361

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      A winner, Leanne.

    • #369563

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Thank you Dawn! What a compliment. And thanks so much Pat. Just when I was getting the rain drop shots down, the sun came back. Go figure!

  • #368879

    Jay Ward
    Participant

    Flower in my sisters front yard. She didn’t know what it was.

    • #368913

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      I like the textural aspects of this photo.

    • #368914

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Love this Jay. Wonderful mix of color and texture.

    • #369054

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Yep, colour and texture! Makes me want to grab a handful of the bark and feel it. (Can’t help you with the flower ID, sorry)

    • #369149

      davidc
      Participant

      Like the processing on this one Jay. cool photo

    • #369360

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      A spot of color in just the right place.

  • #368880

    Jay Ward
    Participant

    My niece Saturday at her wedding. D7200, Sigma 17-70, 70mm, ISO1000, f4, 1/60, on camera flash.Sara

  • #368963

    Michael
    Participant

    Hopefully they have ironed out the problems with posting on the discussion groups. My submission is from Charleston, South Carolina. It’s an old fire station with a statue of a Dalmatian in front of the building as a tribute to these wonderful dogs that used to accompany the firemen. I gave the image a texture to enhance the old feeling of the subject. Mike

    • #369359

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Thirds for sure, a captivating image, Mike57

      • #369396

        Michael
        Participant

        Thanks, Pat.

  • #368969

    Bobbie
    Participant

    Mini-Market – Omodos, Cyprus

    • #369358

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      You captured a story here, Bobbie. Love it.

    • #369583

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Thanks Pat. Her English was very limited but with patience and some translation help from her friend, we talked for about 30 minutes before I took her picture.

  • #368987

    Tom M
    Participant

    An Old Water Wheel…

    • #369064

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Love the black and white. That wheel has character.

      • #369120

        Tom M
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne. Here’s another view of it in color,maybe even more character…

        • #369277

          LeanneC
          Participant

          Ooooh! I LIKE the colours of the lichen/moss and rust.

  • #368988

    Tom M
    Participant

    A Flower By Any Other Name…

  • #368993

    The Sun.

    DSC03394

     

    • #369356

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      So simple, so great an example.

  • #369210

    ed mullin
    Participant

    fog fishing… from a few weekends ago in Maine.fog fishing

    • #369354

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Very nice, Ed Mullin. Catch something or not – a beautiful place and wonderfully captured.

  • #369222

    Holly K
    Participant

    Winery Plaza

    • #369321

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Very nice! I like the colors and composition.

      • #369338

        Holly K
        Participant

        Thanks, Bruce!

  • #369226

    Holly K
    Participant

    Read a good book lately?

  • #369259

    Pat Garrett
    Participant

    Fall in New England – 6 vertical shot pano. Best viewed large.

    • #369323

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Beautiful Pat!

    • #369398

      Michael
      Participant

      I love this, Pat. Such a beautiful image. Thanks for sharing.

      Mike

    • #369402

      Enoma Izevbigie
      Participant

      This is really colorful and captivating.

      • #369424

        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Thanks, Enoma. It  is a beautiful time of year here.

    • #369553

      Tom M
      Participant

      Really nice Pat. I moved to TN from upstate NY 3 years ago,and miss these type of photos. Just not as dramatic down in the south. Luckily I took so many over the years there that I am comforted somewhat by looking at my old photos. Perhaps I need to search a little harder down here to find great colors…

       

      • #369698

        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Thank you, Tom – I think recent rains have truly washed away much of the color.

  • #369262

    Ann Braun Wheatley
    Participant

    Outside Honiara, taken from a moving vehicle.

    • #369286

      Ann Braun Wheatley
      Participant

      And here again with less contrast and a better sense of expressions….

  • #369284

    Dawn
    Participant

  • #369308

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Good Morning Deer

    Good Morning Deer

    • #369352

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Like the monochrome treatment. Don’t you just love the big ears and eyes looking in your lens’ direction?

  • #369343

    Enoma Izevbigie
    Participant

    Marbella, Spain

  • #369344

    Enoma Izevbigie
    Participant

    On the RUN……Marbella, Spain

    • #369353

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Nice sense of movement. And in flip flops no less!

    • #369415

      Albirder
      Participant

      Good timing! It would have been easy to miss and then he would have been in the center and you would have lost a lot of the energy of the picture.

    • #369463

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Very nice image! Love the way you captured the sense of motion.

    • #369584

      Bobbie
      Participant

      You managed to make an image that turns him into a speed demon. He’d probably love to have a copy.

      • #369589

        Enoma Izevbigie
        Participant

        I guess he really would have loved to have a copy of this amazing photo. Thanks Bobbie

  • #369385

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

    • #369413

      Albirder
      Participant

      So much stronger because of the bird’s position in the frame.

      • #369439

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I agree.  It looks like I may have to hang some curtains in this room to keep the light more constant throughout the day. Image looks darker than it did when I posted this morning. Thanks for your comment.

  • #369386

    Lynne Harles
    Participant

    On top of the world!

    • #369412

      Albirder
      Participant

      You have something at every intersection point! Nice work.

  • #369404

    Ken Duke
    Participant

    dawn shot of Pine Island Lough Derryclare Ireland

    • #369411

      Albirder
      Participant

      Beautifully composed!

    • #369464

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      I really like this, Ken. Creates a really palpable mood!

      • #369607

        Ken Duke
        Participant

        glad you like it, not often you get a calm lake for this shot

    • #369567

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Love the depth in this shot! What a beautiful spot. You did a great job capturing it.

      • #369608

        Ken Duke
        Participant

        cheers LeanneC, lovely spot and I got almost perfect conditions

    • #369585

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Very dramatic image Ken. Love it.

    • #369702

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Makes me keep coming back to see something I didn’t notice on first few looks.

  • #369410

    Albirder
    Participant

    Elegance noticed.

    I find it pretty easy to take fairly closeup street shoots with a person in the 1/3 position of the frame, so I have a lot of them. Otherwise, getting close is not my specialty!

    • #369422

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      What a fun shot!

    • #369459

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      “Mr. Casual” in the background is a wonderful addition in my opinion. I’m still smiling.

  • #369460

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Pussy Willow.

    • #369466

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Sweet shot! I think your use of thirds really makes this photo!

      • #369482

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks for the kind words Bruce.  🙂

  • #369665

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    snowberry

    snowberry

    • #369680

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Wow!

      To me, the mixture of colors is what really makes this photo awesome! The stem, and the out of focus background stem also work as perfect lead-in lines, in addition to the thirds rule! You nailed it!

      • #369764

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Bruce!

    • #369703

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      I remember these – used to call them “onions” – and would love the sound they made when squashed underfoot – if indeed they are the same “berry”

      • #369765

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Hi Pat, yes, they are the same, I never called them ‘onions’, but I did use to squish them underfoot! 🙂

  • #369704

    Pat Garrett
    Participant

    Fall leaves are still in the spotlight here. The bokeh was light bouncing off the river below.

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