November 2, 2009 – Daisy



Monday, November 2, 2009

Hey everyone, hope you all had a great Halloween! I had a bit of a hard time today deciding whether to end that first sentence with a period or an exclamation mark. Using the ! seemed to come off a bit too cheeseball-enthusiastic for me, but the period just sounded grumpy. I went back and forth, but you can all see the final choice.

This is another daisy. That’s my assumption anyway. I know very little about flowers, but it sure seems like they are all some kind of daisy or another, so that’s usually my default guess. If I’m wrong (about this or any other picture) please do let me know. When I say something like “this is a [whatever]” and end the sentence with a period (not an exclamation mark) it comes off as me saying it like it’s a fact, when in reality I’m really not that confident in the information. (The exclamation mark has a different connotation entirely. That’s like me being proud of the fact that it’s a [whatever], as if I’m a 2 year old kid who just learned how to say the word. Maybe I’ll try that one tomorrow. This is a FIRETRUCK! No Dave, that’s a burrito.)

In photography, there are a lot of rules. And, like all of the best ones, they are all made to be broken. By that I mean, there are generally a lot of general things to do that generally make a picture more interesting. You can follow them to the letter every time, and you’ll usually get a pretty great shot. But sometimes you can break the rule, and the result can be pretty striking. Today’s example is the rule of thirds. The first thing they teach you in photography class (I assume… I haven’t been in a photography class since freshman year of high school, and I honestly have no idea what they told us) is that you should try to put the subject of your photo at either the 1/3rd or 2/3rds mark. As in, either one third of the way from right-to-left, or one third of the way from left-to-right. Or top-to-bottom. Or, even better, both! As in, if you draw imaginary horizontal and vertical lines at the 1/3rd and 2/3rds marks, put your subject at one of the four intersections. Make sense? It’s really amazing how much that little tidbit can help an image.

That being said, look at this picture! Oh my effing god, how fun is that?! It’s… RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE! Because I broke the rule. Because you can do that sort of thing. Because the rule was meant to be broken. Get it?

The key takeaway here is, you really can’t do anything “wrong”. Except not take pictures. That’s wrong. So don’t do that.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm Macro lens. 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 300 mm.

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