Guides to make our photography stand out…

Mist over De Soto w-birds

There can be many difficult tricks to help make our photography communicate better; but, we need to know only a few to make our work stand out.

Whether still photography, nature, photojournalism or any other, these guidelines work.

One of the most applicable guidelines, The Rule of Thirds, can take a scene and lift it out of the ordinary. Makes no difference if you have a large format camera, a simple point ‘n shoot or a smart phone.

The image here begins with the main focus of the scene – the sun. Place it in one of the quadrants where a tic tack toe board would fall. Makes little difference where you place it; however each will help tell a different story. In this case, there was so much early morning fog that the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, our anticipated subject, could not be seen. I selected a quadrant that would allow the water to be seen to give the image a sense of place.

I then waited for birds to fly into the scene.

Because, there could be many different wing positions, I used the continuous recording feature of the camera. Later, I selected the one that seemed to look best – that is the subjective part, or the artistic bent. Actually, I asked my wife which one she liked best. That is the one selected here.

The second placement of elements of the image, additionally enhances the graphic appeal. Note the horizon is placed on the lower horizontal axes of the rule of thirds. Similarly, the sun & water reflection are in line on the vertical left side of the frame. These additional placement of elements occurs naturally time in the field making exposures purposefully.

Stay tuned for more tip and tricks… Like, share or follow our journey into the wild world of photography… Have fun!!

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