Thursday, March 1, 2012

Week 8: Rule of Thirds

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Rule of thirds? I had no idea what the heck this even meant. Any artistic bone I have in this old body is purely theatrical. Thankfully, when the topic was posted, there was a little message attached that instructed us to Google it if we had no idea what it was.

So I did.

"The rule of thirds is a 'rule of thumb' or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as paintings, photographs and designs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would." Wikipedia

It's a little challenging when your subject keeps wiggling off of your imaginary line, but I did the best I could.

And I kind of love the shot. I'm not thrilled with the lighting but I love that he looks like he's going to float away. I love that he's wearing his beloved rain boots. I love him. And I love that I took this right after his third birthday, so "rule of thirds" kind of took on another meaning.

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