Once I learned something about the Rule of Thirds I tried to use it when composing photos however sometimes the full frontal approach works for me. I used it a lot when I was taking photos of steam trains. In fact David and I had a name for it which we lifted from a caption in a railway book. “Yes. The engine was stationary.” which we used when we stood directly in front of the locomotive and took a shot of it. I don’t often get a chance to do that these days. Here is an old one I scanned, one of hundreds that David and I took.
In the 1990s I worked at the Adelaide rail yards and sometimes when I was there on a weekend and it was quiet I would take some photographs. This set of diesel railcars had the nickname of “Superchook” but you’d have to be a South Australian railfan to think that was funny.
I still like to photograph locomotives head on. Here’s one I took at the railway museum in Hobart.
Today I went into the back garden to take a few summer pictures so here are a couple of “rule breakers ” from that. I bought some new plants with a gift voucher I had for the local hardware store. I have not potted them properly yet as I need to get someone to give me a lift home with a heavy bag of potting soil so these plants are just placed in pots to keep them from being blown over and damaged for now. As they are purely record shots I wanted them in the centre of the picture. The third photo, a record shot of my Japanese Maple tree doesn’t work well as a photo and I knew it wouldn’t when I took it even though I cropped it to make the tree a bit more dominant. It was late afternoon, well 6pm actually, and the shadows are too long. There is too much distracting background behind the pretty leaves. If I’d been taking a serious photo maybe I should have squatted and tried to make the background all sky or all fence.