Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds


This week’s photo challenge has definitely been a challenge as I haven’t been able to conveniently find a photo in my archive to meet the challenge.

The idea behind the challenge is the Rule of Thirds which means that you put the subject of your photo in one-third of the frame.  It is then suggested that you go a step further and try to achieve bokeh.  Bokeh is the blurred area around your subject in the photograph, if you follow the link you can see some examples which demonstrate what they mean.

I don’t think I have quite met the challenge as well as I would have liked. I tried several times to blur out the background but it is beyond me and probably means I need to fiddle with my camera controls which just makes my head hurt a bit like fractions when I was at school.  As soon as someone starts to explain apertures and shutters speeds to me it is like tumble weed is rolling past.

For better examples of this challenge follow this link.

For my gardening mad readers the iris is Iris Cantab


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Julieanne says:

    I’ve vaguely heard about the Rule of Thirds so found the link really intreresting. I love the word Bokeh to describe that type of photograph. I’m going to try both when I have a chance. You’ve done a good job at trying to capture rule of thirds. And pretty iris.

  2. Maverick ~ says:

    You did just fine, lovely iris. I also had trouble finding photos with both.

  3. I am not a photographer, but looking at the different posts and seeing the different approaches I have learned a lot that will really improve my random images.

  4. messmelissa says:

    Great idea for a challenge! I think the picture is lovely.

  5. Yvonne Ryan says:

    It’s a bit like Ikebana – you don’t have the focal dead centre, maybe tucked around the corner a bit. Also in painting the focal points is never dead centre. That is what I don’t like about Western Floral art – they always seem to have this ‘high line’ and focal points centre – not subtle. Whenever I see Western floral art I feel I have seen it all before. I learnt Sogetsu School Ikebana.

  6. I think it is a very good effort, and it doesn’t do be discouraged if it’s not as good as you would like. Maybe you should just play a little with the camera settings!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      Whenever I play with my camera settings I end up with black or white photos!!!!!

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