52 Week Photo Project: Week 1 Rule of Thirds
Today I present you with the first photo from the 52 Week Photo Project that I am doing for 2017. This week’s photo is a basic Rule of Thirds challenge. It took me until virtually the last minute to finally take a photo that I was happy with demonstrating this rule.
The image for my first week was taken right in central Bangkok at the “Dinosaur Park” between Phrom Phong and Asok BTS stations. I’m actually kind of surprised that the photo doesn’t contain any buildings. Kind of amazing for that area actually. The gear used for this photo was a Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera with Sigma E30mm f2.8 lens.
I chose to use the Sony mirrorless as opposed to my Nikon D5300 because of the weight. I knew I’d be out walking around for maybe quite some time and I wanted to keep my weight light. Plus, I think I actually kind of like it better. The more I use the Sony the more I tend to choose it over the Nikon.
What Is The Rule of Thirds?
For a more detailed definition feel free to check out this Wikipedia article, but the Rule of Thirds is essentially a guideline that is applied across photography, films, design, and painting and has its written origins in 1797 by John Thomas Smith.
Essentially, imagine a photo is divided into 9 equally sized squares with 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines. Important compositional elements should follow the lines or be situated at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal lines. Individuals who prefer this particular guideline claim that if followed the image will have increased tension and energy, creating a more interesting image than simply centering the subject.
Next week we have straight out of the camera. No post-processing or even small edits. An unprocessed raw image should prove an interesting post and challenge.