This is my contribution to Scott’s Assignment 17: Rule of Thirds. I hope you will join because Scott is giving away a free spot in Kent Weakley’s next eClass on Composition starting on January 20, 2012. The winner will be randomly drawn from the assignment submissions and deadline for the assignment is January 18, 2012.
The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds both horizontally and vertically so that you have 9 parts, and where the lines meet and form a + are the points of interest or focal point, and in this case you have 4 intersections, see Scott’s post Power of Three for more detail.
If I used the rule of thirds to compose my image I would normally look at my AF points as the indicator or imaginary grid-lines to help me place my focal point. This works well for me when I’m close to the subject but it is harder when the subject is too far away. Like tonight, I photographed the full moon and couldn’t compose my image using the rule of thirds. This is the best that I could do and I placed the moon in the center since I used auto focus to focus the moon, and switched to manual focus right before I took the picture since there were lots of clouds floating above and I didn’t want my moon image to come out blurry, image straight out from my camera.
The next best thing is to crop the image using the rule of thirds, and the next 2 images are my results.
Sometimes the exact rule of thirds doesn’t look right to me and I think it is okay to break the rule. In this picture below the moon is still on the lines but the center is not at the intersection.
And this one also, what is interesting to me tonight is not just the moon but the sky also.
Exif data: Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/3sec, ISO 100, focal length 154mm, spot metering, tripod mounted, photo taken on January 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm (21:42)