Five Shots: Thinking in Thirds

Three furry Cacti
Three furry Cacti

I cannot paint, but I can nurture my artistic eye via photography by placing objects utilizing the theory of thirds.  Using the customary 9 square grid pattern and thinking about perspective invented during the Renaissance period (thanks, Filippo Brunelleschi ), I find I often point and shoot with the number 3 in my head. Here are five + five shots capturing thirds:

Monsoon Sunset

In Monsoon Sunset, the pink is sandwiched by the dark.

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Bruised Sky

Bruised Sky might contain four layers with that band of green at the bottom, but if I classify the shot as sky, storm, and ground, and if you notice that the layers are obtuse triangles, then it works.

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Devil’s Bridge Perspective

Lots of perspectives found on this hike in Sedona. There are three layers working here– sky, plateau, and ground.

Peach Blossoms
Peach Blossoms

Do you think this is a bad shot? Even though the gorgeous blossoms in the foreground demand your attention, your eye travels up to a blurry middle and clouds out of focus. Is that to be expected? It’s hard to capture peach blossom explosions like this.

pineapple blossoms
pineapple blossoms

The focal point is not in the middle of the picture which follows the grid pattern of thirds.

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Pointing Tree on the Mogollon Rim

Today, a section of the beautiful Rim is on fire. How sad to see the aftermath of a forest fire! My prayers go to the brave fighters and pray no one gets hurt.

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Vertical Perspective of Divine Intervention
Waking up to Infinity, Mexican Hat, UT
Waking Up, Mexican Hat, UT
Aspen Glow, Telluride, CO
Aspen Glow, Telluride, CO

Slashes of gray, white, pink.

Blue Sunrise at Mexican Hat, UT
Blue Sunrise at Mexican Hat, UT

Do you think about thirds when you take pictures? Which shot do you like best? 

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