Putting the graphic into photographic

This is a post about composing your image.  Some folks go on about the so-called “Rule of Thirds” as if it was the law.  Spoiler alert: it’s not!  By all means compose your images carefully, but don’t get caught by the “it’s the rules” trap.  Sometimes images cry out to be treated as graphic design rather than a record of what’s there.

Take this Christmas present.  The box was made from corrugated cardboard which picked up the strongly directional sunlight.  I placed the box so that a shadow fell across it.  The shadow starts from one corner and divides the image into two almost halves.   I’ve put the red label so part of it starts from a corner.  Making the label a semi-circle gives it ambiguity.  It’s now all about the shapes the things make and their relationships, rather than what it is.

I’ve used an extreme composition in this image of an oak tree.  The graduated blue sky makes a fabulous contrast against the branches of the tree.  Inverting the image means that it’s no longer clear as to what the scale or subject is.  Once again it’s about the design rather than the subject.  Those who love the “Rule of Thirds” had best look elsewhere…

 

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