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A summer evening ……….. and Scott Thomas’ Assignment 17: Rule of Thirds

January 16, 2012

“Rule of thirds” is not really a rule – but a thousands of years old help for image composition.

It is based on four lines, two horizontal and two vertical, that divides the image. And also form four points from the crossing lines. Please click on the link “Rule of Thirds” above to see an example (from Wikipedia).

This is a simplification of the “The Golden Ratio” – which for example Leonardo da Vinci researched and used as a mathematical formula for use in science and art.

For this assignment I have decided to use a few from a series of photos, I captured a beautiful and adventurous evening in the autumn of 2011 in West Jutland, Denmark.

Above is my first photo is a photo , which I think meets the requirements – without cropping the original photo:

The trees are lit by the evening sunlight, and their reflections are located around the four points formed by the two horizontal and two vertical lines, the image can be divided with.

I also think that the diagonal line from upper left to lower right is important: We in the western world are used to seeing from left to right, so we are caught by the biggest tree and are looking down through the image to the reflections.

All the following photos are cropped more or less (you can check the original versions below).

Here it is the area in the top left corner, where the road disappears, which is the key point. But important is again the diagonal line from here along the road leading down to the right  towards the warmly illuminated graze bottom right.

The photo is divided i three parts by the two vertical lines, left (where is that road leading to?!), middle, and right (warm colored grass).

Here is the division into three horizontal sections clear.

But it is broken by a diagonal line that goes contrary to the above and our normal read-diagonal in the opposite direction. Therefore it breaks up the image – and further emphasizes the main subject, the warmly colored grass.

Now the sun has gone down soon!
Again, the photo is divided into three horizontal sections. The lower: The dark, somewhat mysterious dunes. The top section is a yellow field. – The middle: The “sunset area” with the strongest and most red colors.

The sun is in the dark bottom area – and located in the lower left of the four points.

After sunset the sun’s last rays created even more adventurous and magical moments.

I could dimly glimpse large herds of deer flocked in the distance in the growing dark on the meadows. It must be amazing to be the lucky residents in the house at the top of the dunes ( can you find this?!!)

The division of the photo into three horizontal areas is evident again here. – And in the last photo:

My original photos before cropping are here:

More contributions to Scott Thomas’ Assignment here.

51 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2012 9:46 pm

    there are no words other than wow! Gorgeous


  2. January 16, 2012 9:55 pm

    WOW, these pictures are awesome!
    Very good cropping, – well done!

    I wish you a Happy Tuesday!


    • January 25, 2012 7:55 pm

      Thank you very much, Hans. Best wishes for the rest of the week to you 🙂


  3. January 16, 2012 10:02 pm

    What a wonderful selection of images. I love the warm grasses.


  4. January 16, 2012 10:03 pm

    You’re right, these are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing


  5. January 16, 2012 11:37 pm

    Couldn’t see the deer or the house at the top of the dunes, but sure had a lovely time looking.

    These are lovely Truels.


    • January 25, 2012 8:23 pm

      The house is on top of the dunes – to the right in the photo. And the deers are not visible at this photo.


  6. January 17, 2012 1:22 am

    Gorgeous tones and light in these photos. Love the reflections in the top shot.


  7. January 17, 2012 2:39 am

    A beautiful collection of images, Truels – I see you like golden hills too.


  8. January 17, 2012 6:28 am

    Those are stunning images, Truels – and an excellent illustration of the rule of thirds!


  9. January 17, 2012 7:58 am

    Awesome, terrific photos Truels. I know the rule, but I use it very seldom. I think that I love photos which are in good balance. That is why because I worked for our national airline company Finnair nearly 40 years and one my job was to calculate balance for different aircraft types. Balance is vital for airplanes and that is why want photos to be in balance also.

    Maybe I am so old that I see things in a different way or maybe that is due to my ex-work, who knows. I also use cropping occasionally, that’s sure.

    Once more this post of Yours is excellent!

    Happy Tuesday!


    • January 25, 2012 8:32 pm

      Intersting job you had, Matti. Thanks for telling about that – and for your comments.


  10. January 17, 2012 10:20 am

    Wow, those are some amazing photos! Great colors and warm tones!


  11. January 17, 2012 6:18 pm

    Truels, these are all vey nice photos. You have a great eye for capturing some amazing images. I love the reflection and the road less travelled. 🙂


  12. Kenton Lewis permalink
    January 18, 2012 1:30 pm

    I enjoyed the lesson and the photos. I often use the expression “rule of thirds.”
    1. A third want something one way.
    2. A third want it the other way.
    3. And a third don’t care.


    • January 25, 2012 8:38 pm

      HA! Kenton, thanks for adding some new dimensions to the Rule of Thirds!


  13. January 18, 2012 4:57 pm

    Du får frem både noen fantastiske farger og får vist hva “the rule of third” er for noe på en utmerket måte. (selv om jeg personlig foretrekker “det gyldne snitt”, når jeg får det til 🙂 )


    • January 25, 2012 8:39 pm

      Ja, Det Gyldne Snit er nok en mere korrekt måde at se det på. Tak for din fine kommentar!


  14. January 18, 2012 7:58 pm

    great colors Truels, so nice!!


    • January 25, 2012 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Xandi. I’m listenig to some of “your” nice music videos now 😉


  15. January 19, 2012 2:07 am

    I like the diagonals, and the curves, and all the golden light.


  16. January 19, 2012 10:17 pm

    It’s a little bit hard _ for me _ to think and write in English and also think about “Golden points” as we say it in Persian /Farsi .. I knew these rulues and you know it doesn’t mean I used them !! ( in such a country we learn not to obey the rules anyway !!! )
    I try to say the color of these photoes are wonderful and the views …. of course the things about rules …. 😦 are very lovely ….
    something that is intersting : as I know some people start to see something from left to right and it is not about writing , it’s about working of brain , they use the right part of the brain more and the others who use the left part usualy start to see things from right to left ….
    Don’t ask me to repeat or what does it mean ?!! I don’t know ; )
    But I’m sure I can say , as usual I enjoyed being here with your very beautiful photoes and also the positive atmosphere here ..


    • January 25, 2012 8:54 pm

      I happy that you liked to be in my “room” here in my photos. I am not a brain expert, but I’m sure you are right about how we use it different. And in China they read from right to left 🙂 I’m sorry about the problems in your country, but I’m sure there are just as many lovely and peaceful human beings in Iran as in Denmark. Are you able to watch this video in your country about an American’s travel in Iran?!:



  17. January 20, 2012 5:21 am

    Beautiful images truels, the 4th image of the sunset is my favorite, the one right underneath it is gorgeous also.


  18. January 20, 2012 11:10 pm

    Wow! These are terrific examples! Thanks for sharing.


  19. January 21, 2012 10:48 am

    What a fantastic series of images, truels! Your explanations and examples about this Rule of thirds are so interesting, Thanks a lot and bravo !


  20. January 21, 2012 12:31 pm

    Love the light in these shots, especially on the grass and those sunsets.


  21. January 21, 2012 3:21 pm

    Great post here, Truels! Very interesting and great information too. 🙂


  22. January 21, 2012 5:18 pm

    Lovely shots!


  23. January 30, 2012 6:02 pm

    So excellente this serie of sunset!!


  24. February 1, 2012 7:57 pm

    Great shots. #3 is truly amazing!


    • February 1, 2012 8:51 pm

      Thank you! AND thank YOU for all your fine posts.I find almost all of them very informative and inspiring!


  25. May 31, 2012 12:22 am

    Wow, these are great sunsets. Thanks for capturing and sharing.



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