Solitude: Lesson 6 Rule of Thirds

I haven’t been to this part of the MacRichie Reservoir trail in over 20 years.  Walking over a foot bridge at the golf course which the trail traversed, this little beauty caught my eye.  I enjoyed a moment of solitude as I breathed the cool morning air and listened to the fountain a little distance away.  Enjoying a piece of quiet during this traditionally busy season has given me some time & space for stillness, amidst the mad baking, present wrapping and voracious eating!

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Enjoying the solitude of the trail

Lesson 6 of Developing Your Eye is the Rule of Thirds.   When I heard this rule mentioned before, I assumed that one took a photograph with 3 focal points.  Or perhaps once captured one’s subject in a triangle of sorts.  Basically, I did not have a clear idea of what it meant.

This introduction to composition starts with dividing one’s shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts.  Today with our digital cameras, this grid is provided for us in our viewfinders, so the guess work is taken away.  We then place our subject at the intersections of these lines, or along them, to create a dynamic, off-center composition.  I have enjoyed practicing this and am quite amazed by how different the photos look.

Feature Photo: Footbridge at the Singapore Island Country Club

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