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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown


"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear


"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham


"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams


"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell


"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso


"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers


"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken


"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling


Advanced Usage of the Rule of Thirds

How do I employ the Rule of Thirds with 'busier' images?  

Simple images make it pretty simple to use the rule of thirds.  Often where to place horizons and other elements in a photo just jump out at you once you understand the concept.  But what about when there is a lot more going on in an image? Although our images should never be so 'busy' that they overwhelm the viewer with trying to figure out the true subject, some images have more involved in them than just a horizon or one subject that obviously should be placed on a power point.  Overall, my response would be 2 fold; pick a strong line in the photo that can be interpreted to extend along the thirds, and learn to look for 'implied' lines. 

In this example to the left, there is no line that extends completely across the image on the thirds.  However there are curves that begin roughly on both the top and bottom third.  These points of origin for the curves could be inferred to extend across the image along each vertical third thus supplying the 'implied' line. 

In the image to the right, there are actually lines everywhere.  It is up to the photographer to reign all of this in and compose the image where the lines seem to fall along the thirds in a pleasing way.  The vertical tubes of candy all stop at a point that creates an implied line across the top horizontal third.  The crates of candy and the bands along the crates imply a line on the bottom horizontal third.  


In the below image, although it seems to be an almost simplistic image, there is actually a lot going on compositionally. There is a lot of color in the sky, but just as much in the water's reflection, so I actually centered the horizon to maximize the amount of color in the entire image.  The tree also seems somewhat centered in the image because it doesn't run off the edges, but the rule of thirds is definietly used in both horizontal and vertical directions. The trunk falls on the left vertical third and the end of the branches fall on the right creating an implied line on the vertical third.  Another implied part of this is that each branch that spreads up and down gives the illusion from its mass and density that they fall along the top and bottom horizontal thirds....a seemingly simple image, VERY carefully composed. 


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