I’ve managed to stay with this Smartphone Challenge on a weekly basis all year so far. Some of the topics have been – well, let’s just say ‘esoteric’ shall we? However, Week 47 is an absolute lulu:
“The rules of thirds is so popular because it is so versatile. This week use the rule of thirds to show emotion”
Now, even a hack like me knows about the rule of thirds, but to use that to convey emotion just makes no sense to me. You can certainly portray emotion in a photographic image, but the rule of thirds is surely incidental to that.
Anyway, here’s a picture of a cat asleep on a sofa. The emotion is irritation at such a daft challenge this week. Hrrumph.
For the second week of his 52 Week Smartphone Challenge, Khurt is looking for an image that adheres to the classic compositional law, the so-called ‘rule of thirds’.
This photograph was taken from a holiday cottage in East Yorkshire, just outside the town of Beverley. The image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. While the quality of the image isn’t that great (it was taken with my previous smartphone, an iPhone 6), I think the view is attractive and the composition is pleasing.
All these images place the subject in either the left or right one-third of the image and, I think, are more effective than they would be if they were simply centred. Roll over each image for further explanation.
A winged lion looks over St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Placing it to the left, looking to the right, gives a sense of the ‘protective’ role of this creature in Venetian culture
Until they were provided with a proper cradle, this is how they had to clean the windows of my old office building. The placement of the workman to the right gives an idea of the scale of the task.
A nice flowerhead in itself, but a shame to waste that bokeh.
The red stream that occupies the left two-thirds of this image adds interest to what would otherwise be a humdrum shot of a hang-glider (although it does mean he’s heading out of shot rather than into it).
My grandson getting a soaking at a water-park in Abu Dhabi. Using the rule of thirds means we also get to see where the soaking is coming from.
A nightscape, taken from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi. The streetlights provide a lead-in to the lit-up buildings on the right, providing depth which the dark conditions would otherwise obscure.