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.



In Post

Just over a week ago, I was invited to be Film Stills Photographer on Hurcheon Films latest short film  The Penny Dropped.  Produced by A D Cooper and Stephen Croson, written and directed by A D Cooper, this supernatural short was shot in an old WWII Bunker in Dalston and features Abigail Thaw “Endeavour” and Phillippa Peak “Home Fires”.

Imagine entering a world where once, folk sought refuge from bombings, which is now a dank, dark, dripping canvas awaiting the next set of creatives to turn their ideas into a modern viewing experience.

I find an old piece of cardboard, a plastic chair, a small table and with my trusted Maglite begin the process of arranging my kit.  I think today my 50mm fixed lenses is going to be the lens of choice.  Now, if someone would just walk into that film light..