Sunday, February 07, 2010

Less is More (Rule of 3s)

As in good, crisp writing (see: Hemingway, Ernest), less is also often more in photography. Thus is the power of the rule of threes. This portrait of a German girl from 35 years ago has three basic elements - the bicycle wheel, the girl, and the slightly out of focus and unobtrusive background.

The picture is simple but elegant (and of course the curve of the bicycle wheel also compliments the pleasing cures of the girls legs, face and hair). In other words, I paid attention to detail as I took this picture and composed everything in my viewfinder precisely.


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