Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge -Week # 9 -The Rule of Thirds

Composing Myself

Cee’s challenge this week involves the Rule of Thirds. For me this is an interesting subject to tackle. As I was going out today to take cruise ship photos anyway I decided to see if I could incorporate the rule into the photos I took. I think that I am more of a recording a scene type of photographer than an artistic one although the scenes I want to record are usually ones that are either beautiful at least to me, or interesting in some way. On the scene I think more about “what looks right” than any specific rule. However I know that I will probably edit when I get them on to the computer.
I discovered that amongst the pictures I took today and many of my previous ones I tend to divide my pictures along the horizontal thirds and sometimes the vertical ones. I don’t often put my subject in just one square of the grid. However in this first one I actually did do that.


The next photo I cropped to get the subject into a vertical third of the grid. I think it looks better than centred the way I took the picture.

Rose exhibit, Hobart Flower Show
Rose exhibit, Hobart Flower Show


Here is another one I played with while I was looking for photos for this post. I took this picture of a red moped in the foyer of a building I visited during Open House Hobart but I wasn’t all that happy with it. Tonight I made a copy and cropped it and I like the result much better.

Foundation of the old floating bridge across the Derwent.
Foundation of the old floating bridge across the Derwent.

This one of the footings of the old floating bridge across the Derwent I took today and with the challenge specifically in mind. I wanted to show the water swirling round it as the photos on the nearby plaque suggested that driving across it was a very scary experience especially in bad weather. The next one in this set is also from today and also taken trying to use The Rule of Thirds although looking at it I think that I filled the entire grid. I included the car in the foreground to emphasise the height of the bridge.

approach to Tasman Bridge
approach to Tasman Bridge

I did say at the beginning that we went out to photograph a cruise ship. Voyager of the Seas is pictured here at Macquarie Wharf.  We tried some different locations today and this set was taken from Castray Esplanade at the back of the CSIRO building. I tried placing the subject in a different part of each photo. Here are three of them.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.


  1. Bravo, you came up with some real awesome thirds. I really like your crop on the moped. I think that ended up being my favorite. One thing I might need to talk about is always leave plenty of room for cropping. Because it can really make or break your photo. Wonderful entry.


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