It’s Week 15 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 and this week we are “breaking the rules.” Now, in general, there are no hard and fast rules of photography, but there are general guidelines you should follow for a more pleasing composition. This week, we are going to break them. One of the basic rules of composition is the rule of thirds. Imagine a grid overlaying your image, that is how you determine the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is, basically, making sure that the subject(s) of your image is placed on one of the the gridline intersection points. The theory is that this will make a more pleasing composition as your image will be balanced along the gridlines. Since this is one of the first “rules” of photography, I decided to break it by placing my subject (the ever accommodating Mr. Bojangles) square in the center…or, rather, in the center square of my grid.

You may recognize this spot from last week’s “urban” theme. Since it was a nice day, Mr. Bojangles and I decided to return to our Cincinnati city skyline view near the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park. The blue skies and sun give a different feel to the image than the grey skies we had last week. I imagine that once the leaves start to come out on the trees more, we will revisit this spot again to see how it has changed as a backdrop.

As you can see from this next image with a grid imposed over it, Mr. Bojangles is definitely placed in the center of the image.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Now for more broken rules, head over to see Elaine with I Got the Shot Photography, Northeastern PA and surrounding areas, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here. 

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