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A Photo a Week Challenge: Dead Center

I am always up for a photo challenge. It is time to violate the widely accepted photography “rule of thirds”. The premiss of the rule of thirds is that the subject of the photo is placed on the left or right vertical third of the image and the horizon is place on the top or bottom third of the image. Thank you Nancy Merrill for giving us amateur photographers permission to violate this rule.

This Great Blue Heron was just waiting for us to drive by as we returned from a day trip to Cades Cove in Eastern Tennessee.

Black spot is sort of centered in the frame.

Dead Center
Black spot is dead center of the image after cropping square.

Rule of Thirds
Black spot is positioned on the left third of the frame and horizontally centered.

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Photography 101 Day 5: Solitude and Rule Of Thirds

As the first week of Photography 101 comes to a close, our theme today is Solitude and Rule of Thirds.

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Solitude – Water Release Valve
Lake Trahlyta, Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA July 2012

The rule of thirds is a technique where the object of the photo is place on the right or left third of the frame. Ideally, the horizon in the photo should also be at the bottom third of the frame.

Shooting a photo wide allows the photographer to crop the photo to comply with the rule. (PS – Rules can be broken. It is best to understand the rule before breaking the rule.)

Google defines solitude as:

  • the state or situation of being alone,
  • a lonely or uninhabited place.

I chose to apply this to a photo with an inanimate object. The water valve stand alone in the lake, yet ready to do its duty. I also chose to keep the platform horizontal rather than the lake’s water line.

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