The Rule of Thirds – sounds familiar, doesn’t it? In Wicca (and some other pagan beliefs) there is the rule of 3.
“Ever mind the rule of three, what ye sends out comes back to thee.”
It’s like Karma times three – yeah, you don’t want to mess with that. Do ALL of the good, because who doesn’t want that threefold?? Also, the number three is important because of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother & Crone, and the Moon's phases: Waxing, Full and Waning.
SO three is pretty important in Wicca.
For me, the challenge was difficult because I don’t know much about photography. I am aware of good composition in both photos and art work, but since I am using a phone with no special lenses, I am at an equipment disadvantage. Luckily I live in the country and have plenty of cool things to take pictures of. So, my challenge photos will be mainly nature because of where I live. That makes it a little difficult for the writing part of my challenge because I need to give these photos stories and I don’t want them to all sound the same. I might venture into town for a few photos this week, we’ll see.
The rule of thirds in photography seems simple until I tried to apply it and second guessed myself the whole time. I played around with these on my computer before considering them finished. This is only the second time I have altered photos on my computer. I was very fortunate to go to a beautiful waterfall area north from where I live and took some great photos of all sorts of things. I will be using those for this challenge as well. Today I am using photos of items around my house. My children and I like to walk (or ride bikes) up and down the road since it is rarely a site of traffic (one car per three hours maybe? And the occasional tractor, of course.). There are train tracks, decrepit barns, animals, and all sorts of photographic possibilities. One of these I will use for my black and white as well.
“The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide line and their intersection point, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.” So consider a three by three grid on top of your photograph. You don’t have to center your subject, try to place them on one side or the other. Use the points where the lines intersect to compose your photo. There are also horizon photos where you place your subject – or the horizon line-in the top or bottom third of your frame, not centered. There are loads of images on Google if you care to look it up.
I attempted a rule of thirds horizon shot of a train, although I used the rule of thirds for other pics as well.
Have a great weekend!
He stumbled over a busted beer bottle and careened toward the ditch then steadied himself enough to go forward some more. The splintered boards and chunks of gravel were difficult to run on, but he continued with what little strength he had left. His mouth was cotton dry and pain shot through his knee as bright blood bloomed through his pants once more, covering the crusted brown stain from earlier that day. Running wasn’t helping his leg, but it would be safer than hiding. The train managed to stay arms reach away for forty more feet until he grabbed the hot metal and barely hoisted himself onto the edge. He panted until his sight went fuzzy and the blinding sunlight turned black. His legs dangled off the back of the train, leaving a trail of blood for them to find.