Friday, February 19, 2010

When the Rule of 3 Doesn't Apply

Sometimes the rule of three won’t apply well – particularly in landscape or architectural shots. In that case, “framing” will help focus the viewer’s eye and hold a picture together. Look at these two pictures I took last weekend (in bitter chilling weather)along CR300E in Wabash county. Which do you think “works” the best?

7 Comments:

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Brad Malcolm said...

Awesome pictures, but I believe the first shot is more appealing to the story told. The little part of the tree would be less of a distraction if more was in the photo.

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Worth Weller said...

Thanks Brad - I wondered about that, and think your point could easily prevail. Thanks for the input!

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Tracy Alberson said...

I think if the main focus is the house then the first picture is the best. It has the house off center and the angle of the photograph shows more detail of the building. I do not find the trees distracting at all in the first picture. I think they add more dimension to it.

I feel the angle of the second picture draws my attention to the trees more than the building. Though it is still a pretty picture, I definitely prefer the first one.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Hope said...

I like the first picture myself but I do like the little bit of tree in the second picture. I like the detail of the house in the first picture but think the second picture might be a better rule of 3?

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger laneteresa said...

I found the closer tree on the right distracting, it immediately drew my eye. I might have preferred it if it had been taken from a different direction and three closer tree was on the left. The first picture is stunning.

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Sheena said...

I think the tree is the second picture detracts from the main focus. I also was drawn to look there first and not at the house. I think the first picture is a better shot. The second picture seems like the snow covered tree and the tree on the side make it so there is to much on that side. It is on the edge of lacking balance. The side tree also adds another dark color into the picture which detracts from the massive difference between the orange house and the white trees. I think in this case the first picture portrays a better scene. However, I can understand how framing would be a good alternative to the rule of threes.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Steven Michael said...

I find the second picture more appealing. I think because there is greater balance between the sky and the earth and because the orange color of the home is more vivid and vibrant. The photo also seems to lift upward.

 

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