The last few exercises were designed to assist me in making the best of each image that I take. Following the various rules that are set, some set in stone and others in history. But if an image does not follow a particular rule, say the rule of thirds or the number of objects in an image, does it mean that it is a bad image? There will be people who say it is and others who will say that it is not.
These pictures that don’t “follow the rules” may not win awards or get praise from a judge but the photographer and the public may still like them. Images of important historical events capture a moment in time, in my view better to have the image for all to see , even if it breaks the rules, than to not have it. Below is an image that many people will have seen. I wonder how many people looked at it and the first thing that they said was “it’s not shot on a third?”
Have a look at this guys website Steve HUFF, he has written a piece on The rule of thirds, can this rule be broken? I have emailed him to see if he will allow me to put a link to his website on here. it’s very good.
Well here is the image that I have chosen to work with. It was taken at a country house. I will show the image as shot first. Then with the help of a computer programme I will change it to show how different it would look presented in a different way.
Four very different images. The scene has been changed by the use of a computer programme. I can not take any credit for these, apart from taking the original image. I do like the last image which is supposed to represent a water-colour. Looking at the man playing what I believe is a mandolin then the water-colour would be the best representation if I was attempting to show the scene as it would have been. Even the black and white image makes it look to modern, but is the image a photograph or a piece of art?