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May 1, 2019 15:58:22   #
vertigo (a regular here)
 
In art classes, photography, design etc. we get the "rule of thirds". the "golden mean" "golden ratio" repetition and contrast and a lot of other "rules" for composition. So what happens when we toss them all out and just go with what looks good to us. Well, for one thing, people can critique your missing of the rules or without thinking of the rules it just doesn't look "good" to some. So here are some that try symmetry instead of thirds. Just trying to stretch my vision and maybe debunk some of the stuff I taught.











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May 1, 2019 16:07:07   #
Manglesphoto (a regular here)
 
vertigo wrote:
In art classes, photography, design etc. we get the "rule of thirds". the "golden mean" "golden ratio" repetition and contrast and a lot of other "rules" for composition. So what happens when we toss them all out and just go with what looks good to us. Well, for one thing, people can critique your missing of the rules or without thinking of the rules it just doesn't look "good" to some. So here are some that try symmetry instead of thirds. Just trying to stretch my vision and maybe debunk some of the stuff I taught.
In art classes, photography, design etc. we get th... (show quote)


Great images!!! rules were made to be broken, or so I've heard.

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May 1, 2019 16:16:19   #
InfiniteISO (a regular here)
 
I like all of them quite a bit. The depth of the shadows creates some inhuman geometry, especially on the second, but I think it makes the images more interesting. I think the subject looks fine placed dead-center, and it accentuates the symmetry of the poses.

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May 1, 2019 16:41:23   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
vertigo wrote:
In art classes, photography, design etc. we get the "rule of thirds". the "golden mean" "golden ratio" repetition and contrast and a lot of other "rules" for composition. So what happens when we toss them all out and just go with what looks good to us. Well, for one thing, people can critique your missing of the rules or without thinking of the rules it just doesn't look "good" to some. So here are some that try symmetry instead of thirds. Just trying to stretch my vision and maybe debunk some of the stuff I taught.
In art classes, photography, design etc. we get th... (show quote)


Creative demonstrations. I believe rules were starting points for our imagination and go beyond it. You have done that in spades.

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May 1, 2019 16:50:44   #
RogStrix
 
Like #1 and #4.. lighting not so good on #2 and #3. Final one I'm guessing is a wide angle close up and looks alien to me...

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May 1, 2019 17:22:49   #
Stardust
 
Rules are for those who need to be led, then there are those who make the rules. I like all your experiments, obviously some more, some less, maybe #2 least due to missing part of torso on right and never a fan of butt holes.

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May 1, 2019 19:55:35   #
bdk
 
Follow the rules,your a photographer, Break the rules and your an artist.

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May 1, 2019 19:55:36   #
bdk
 
Follow the rules,your a photographer, Break the rules and your an artist.

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May 2, 2019 07:07:15   #
BboH
 
Beautiful!

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May 2, 2019 07:58:49   #
dpullum (a regular here)
 
Great creativity... Kudos...

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May 2, 2019 08:48:19   #
Jwshelton
 
Great creativity; #2 was my least favorite.
Thank you for sharing your work.

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May 2, 2019 10:36:24   #
Rab-Eye (a regular here)
 
Manglesphoto wrote:
Great images!!! rules were made to be broken, or so I've heard.


👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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May 2, 2019 16:18:43   #
dat2ra (a regular here)
 
I think the "rules" get a bad rap. They don't dictate what you "must" do and make you a bad boy if you don't. They are guidelines for improving the quality of your compositions. Consider amateur snapshots where the subject and horizon are centered and not entering or leaving lines. Usually they are boring (computationally) because the viewer's eye does not move. I'm sure you've all heard this before: our brains like to be entertained. That's why breaking the rules can work IF THERE IS A REASON TO DO SO. I judge a number of youth photo contests and see a general lack of photographic control and discipline in the name of "artistic license". I know of no artistic master (non-gendered) who does not know how to control the materials and space. And this means knowing the guidelines aka "rules" of achieving a certain outcome before their true creativity can be affected.

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May 2, 2019 19:47:54   #
vertigo (a regular here)
 
I don't think they get a "bad rap." If I did I wouldn't have taught them to 35 years of students. But I think we are on the same page here---they shouldn't be a limiting factor in creativity but rather the disciplinary foundation from where creativity sprouts.

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May 18, 2019 21:23:49   #
DickC (a regular here)
 
Very nice!!

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