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Photo101: Solitude, and the Rule of Thirds

This is Day 5 of the Photography 101 Course through WordPress.

First, we were to show a photo representing solitude. I chose two photos.

The first example of solitude could be up to debate. Is the tree the solitary item? or is it the tiny human beside it?

In the next photo, these were our instructions per the Photo101 course:

As you frame your shot, consider the tried-and-true Rule of Thirds, which is a great introductory lesson in composition. Divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts. Your camera probably has the option to display this grid in your viewfinder or LCD screen. But if not, envision this atop your frame:

rule_of_thirds_grid1

Place your subject at the intersections of these lines, or along them.

In the following shot, continuing from the instructions, “the placement of the girl, toward the bottom-right, creates a more interesting composition — her aloneness is amplified by all of the open space to the left. This off-center placement also aligns with how our eyes naturally interact with images.”

“Rules are meant to be broken, of course, especially since each image is different! Today, experiment with this grid as you frame your solitary subject.”

Here, the rule of thirds is applied. The woman is relaxing in front of a million dollar view. But can she see it beyond the hedge? Is there anything else that might be interfering with what she sees? Is she worried about something? Is she enjoying her solitude, or trying to conquer it?

The photo was cropped from this larger photo, below. Which one do you think is more interesting, and why?