The Rule of Thirds

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I love to visit gardens and of course that means I have a gazillion photos of flowers. I don’t post many flowers because I don’t want to bore you all, but this weeks photo challenge has given me an excuse to!
Jen H. says,

The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.

When I go somewhere with my camera I try to find a balance between staying in the moment and recording what I see.  I don’t think too much about the techy stuff but rely on my eye instead. So, while I know about the rule of thirds, it isn’t at the forefront of my mind.Perhaps you’ll tell me if I’ve got anywhere close to Jen’s challenge.

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22 thoughts on “The Rule of Thirds

  1. Oh my gosh, you definitely “captured” the challenge here, especially with that lovely dark purple flower (a tulip?) Lots of the “bokeh” concept on these photos.

  2. A great collection Gilly. Never too many flowers. The tulip and the bees are my favourites. And I always like that blotchy background. I also like your balance between ‘in the moment’ and capturing the moment.

  3. Flowers. Well you know about me and flowers! I could happily look at them all day. You have captured the bokeh aspect of this challenge very well Gilly. I must admit I found that aspect rather a strange example of the ‘rule of thirds’. In my mind they are very separate aspects of photography. Never mind. I like what I see. 🙂

  4. I’m no expert on this stuff — I love bokeh but can’t manage it with my point and shoot, and sort of know the rule of thirds but not so well as to be able to really do it.
    But these are lovely shots, and the last three especially seem to me to fill the bill, with the black tulip being perfect!

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