Leslie from over at Time out for Mom inquired about our view on the rule of three.They say things come in trees: What is your favourite list of Three Things.
Now professionally speaking from a photographer’s point of view there is, of course, the rule of thirds in a frame. Compose a picture using the golden ration, which actually dates back to the ancient Greek. Simplified speaking, divide the sides of the picture in three equal parts (= nine rectangles) and place your subject, the focal point, along one of the outside lines. No matter if left, top, right or bottom. Well, actually that is not quite true, because it seems to be very pleasing to the viewer if the subject is just on this reference line, and then a liiiitttle bit more, if you want to be perfect. But who wants to be perfect. Rules are there to be broken. And it works in photography, too. Just think reflections or something very geometric e.g. architecture, then it also works very well in equal proportions. Although, in general it is a very good idea to always bear the rule of thirds in mind. A lot of cameras including the iPhone or android phones have the ‘rule-of-thirds-guidelines’. Use them! Not only do they help you develop you eye to, but also keep the horizon straight.
What else, what other threes? Let’s see – personally, there are the three ‘S’es: Sekt (German for bubbly aka Champagne), Sushi and S…., yes, that, too, but I was going to say Sesame Salmon, a recipe that I published here a while ago. And then – wait, there are some more ‘S’es that come instantly to mind and in threes: Summer, sunshine, surfing. All of which I will be enjoying soon – I hope. Never say never, but the plan is to be in the Caribbean very soon. You will notice, because except for iPhone shots (and the scheduled Wordless Wednesday) it is going to get very, very quiet around here for a little while.
And just because I feel like it in this wintery cold I will tease us with a couple of shots taken on Bonaire on previous vacations. Enjoy – until the summer is back here as well!
p.s. notice anything about these pictures and the rule of thirds?
pps. the first three of these pics are available as prints in my shop on Etsy
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