Rule of Thirds & The 52 Week Challenge

Recently, my very good friend and ace photographer Anthony Fawkes shared a photo challenge for 2019 from Petapixel entitled The 52 Week Challenge 

Week 2 in the list of challenges  is to use existing knowledge of the Rule of Thirds and show motion in a picture.  Lately, I seem to have forgotten all about this popular rule in photography and any picture that happens to have subjects placed at the intersection of virtual horizontal and vertical lines, is a happy accident.

So time to re-learn this technique and a whole lot more about composition before hitting the shutter button.  I like this about challenges. Not only is it a motivation to get out and take photos and learn more useful stuff,  but, by researching I often discover folk out there have a completely different take on the norm and this should improve the overall quality of pictures that I take in the future.

Take for example,  10 Myths about the rule of thirds   an article by the photographer Tavis Leaf Glover available on YouTube.  He would rather ditch the use of Rule of Thirds altogether, as he argues it limits composition in both photography and in painting. He’s got a point!

So, I’m going to do a little more research, get the glass out this weekend and see if I can not only get a decent rule of third image showing motion, but add to it using some of the influences of Tavis’s article.

Let me know what you discover and share any photos you might take on my 52 Week Challenge Facebook page.

cheers

Paul

Light Numbers

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The essence of understanding photography is understanding light. Stand any object near a window and capture the light falling on it and you will get a great shot.  I love this image where the light is coming through an old window pane, casting criss cross patterns over the medieval stone and hymn stand of St. Gwynog Church, Llanwnog.

The hymn numbers could be for a wedding, funeral, a baptism maybe, but probably it is a Sunday morning service, a regular new day in any city, town or village and we all look forward to those.