Week 13: Break the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a basic tenet of photography that calls for an image to be divided into imaginary thirds across the top, down the sides, and across the bottom, creating a grid of nine equal parts. This grid produces four important parts of an image, which are the corners of the center part, or box. The rule dictates that the photo’s point of interest should be placed in one of these intersections. In the case of a horizon line, the horizon would be placed in the top third or bottom third of the image. So to break this rule, I photographed the runway at Fargo’s airport so the horizon line was way down in the bottom fifth of the image, thereby breaking the Rule of Thirds. This also allowed the big sky to dominate the image, which was my intention in the first place.

Fargo Sky Rule of Thirds


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