Breaking the rules

Little Mermaid replica in Baywalk, Times Beach
Little Mermaid replica in Baywalk, Times Beach

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~Mary Lou Cook

In my photography workshops, I talk of composition techniques to make your images look better.  One is not to place your horizon along the middle of the frame so as not to “split” your image into two.  Another is not to place your subject dead center on a photo.  The idea is that an off-center composition is more pleasing to the eye and looks more natural (hence, the rule of thirds).

Today, I decided to defy the rules and place my horizon and subject dead center.  And if it isn’t aesthetically pleasing to anybody, it won’t be my problem at all.

signature jojie alcantara

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4 Comments

  1. Knowing the rule of thirds and seeing this picture gives me that odd feeling. Staring at it, I am drawn to the center where the subject is. My mind is asking what could have been in or around the subject since it is in the center. It is really quite dramatic, I so like this picture.

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