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September 10, 2013
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Lovely lady.

The photo seems overexposed and I’m not liking the
unattractive two thirds of the two-thirds rule.

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September 10, 2013
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Got to agree – a little bright but easy to correct.

Dale.

 

September 12, 2013
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Indeed, the picture is slightly overexposed. But the two-thirds rule is something which has been established as a perfect layout of your photo. Why? Anyone determined how his photo to his idea is the best and while the two-thirds rule in my opinion is more a nuisance than a must. The stump is actually part of the photo. Rules are there to be broken. You take a photo with a certain thought, a personal insight. Be creative. The rule of two-thirds is I think a more technical aspect of photography  while making a photo is purely a personal taste. This is not a commend to your opinion Mandrake but more a personal statement against the rule of two-thirds specially and rules in photograhy in general. 

 

September 12, 2013
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mick… I totally agree that the two-thirds rule is not mandatory.  Whatever looks good is fine.
Usually, however, images using the two-thirds rule look better than those where the subject is centered in the frame.

What I was saying with respect to this particular photo is that while the rule was applied,
the right two thirds of the image is not particularly attractive.

Additionally, and not previously mentioned,  it is better to have a model facing into the the empty two-thirds space.

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September 13, 2013
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If everybody religiously followed the 2/3 rule, photographs would be repetitively boring!

Some pictures look perfect being totally concentric – it depends on the subject matter.

If I had to always follow the 2/3 rule of photography I’d sell my camera and take up

another hobby.

I do hear where you’re both coming from and you both make valid points.

Dale.

 

September 13, 2013
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Mandrake, you talk about the two-third rule, but you mean the Rule of Thirds?  On the internet is a seminar of two hours of the rule of Thirds. I have found some more information on this, and there is another rule namely The Golden Rule or The Golden Section. Indeed, it is stated that The Rule of Thirds is a guide to get more balance in your photo but this is not a must. But thank you for your comments on the picture of xxsiroxx, because that leads me to the internet for more information for now but also in the future. I certainly search for more information. Thanks. 

September 13, 2013
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A little change of xxsiroxx picture. What do you think?? Give your comments.een-bewerking.jpg

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Yes, I meant the rule of thirds.  I misspoke.

 

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September 13, 2013
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Big improvement with the tighter cropping!

Where the hell did I get the 2/3 rule from???

Of course it’s the “rule of thirds” and it’s just a guide

that we may or may not choose to follow depending on

the situation.

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Ok, here is my though on it: I don’t think there is anything wrong with using Rule of Third here – it works, it kind of frames the model. I think the problem here is the tree itself – it is not the most attractive tree – It has too much going on it (some branches and some unattractive ongrowings (can’t find a right word for it, lol))  and it drives viewer attention to it. 

About Rules: if you know them, you can break them. For me very often centering the subject work, when there is some kind of symmetry in the photo. One of my favorite photographers of our times is Brooke Shaden. Almost all of her photos are centered and it works very well. 

September 17, 2013
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I agree!

That is an ugly tree!

Why am I always leaving a space in my typed messages?

What do I have to change to get back to single spacing???

Help…Dale.Confused

September 17, 2013
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nikonguy said

Why am I always leaving a space in my typed messages?

What do I have to change to get back to single spacing???

Help…Dale.Confused

Return key is double space.
Shift-Return is single space.

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September 17, 2013
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Mandrake
Well,  that makes it look better!
Thanks for the info. 
Dale.

September 20, 2013
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to me it seems just a hair overexposed… maybe even use curves in post processing to make the colors pop a little more…  I can take a shot if you’d like…

 

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