Shooting Gallery Challenge: Rule IV

The clean lines of rowing is why I chose it as my subject for the Rule of Thirds Challenge. This photo was taken from Christ Church meadow at the University of Oxford in England. I envisioned having strong horizontal lines, which are the boat and the shadow line. More subtly, what I consider to be the focal point of the image (though others may disagree) is the left-most athlete in the glare of the reflection, which is placed on the left-most vertical thirds line. Despite having used guide lines in Photoshop to perfectly place the lines when cropping, the photo does not look as textbook as I expected, but it was more visually appealing to me than some other more obvious crops and photos that I tried using The Rule. Canon 550D
Canon EF 50 mm lens, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/4000 sec, ISO 100
-Jeannie Moulton


This picture was taken as a snapshot (I don't have the exposure info and an EXIF viewer didn't show it either) with an iPhone 4S after sunset around 4:35 pm on Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at Miacomet beach near my home on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

The picture is of my 8-yr-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Mike, on our daily trip to the beach after work. We go to the beach literally every day of the year, regardless of the weather. I often take photos of the sunset which are usually spectacular. Yesterday, it was a grey, foggy day - no sunset - so, I took a picture of Mike for the contest instead.


Here's the thing about Mike: he simply loves to dig in the sand on the beach. On any given day, he might dig a single huge hole 3-4 feet deep and wide; other days, like yesterday, a series of holes scattered around the beach. There's no pattern and usually, like magic, the holes are filled with blowing sand over night, presenting a fresh canvas for the our trip the next day. Except for a couple of months in the summer there is seldom, if ever, anyone on the beach for miles in either direction.

Most of the time, the beach trip is enjoyable - a great end to the work day. But when it's really windy and rainy or snowy and cold, not so much. Mike doesn't care. His constancy is the digging of the holes.


I learned photography when I was in the Army. I attended photo school in New Jersey back in the 70s and worked as a Army & Coast Guard photographer for 20 years in Italy, Belgium and the northeast US. We were taught first on 4x5 in Speed Graphics, then 2 1/4 x 2 3/4, and then, almost as an afterthought, 35 mm. We never used a light meter until that last week when we got to use a 35mm. Along with the Rule of Thirds, which I think I use well here, we also learned exposure through the Sunny 16 Rule. I can still eyeball an exposure accurately if you give me the film ASA. Today, I work in IT at our local island hospital and after work I focus on snapshots with my iPhone. I hope to mount an exhibition of small prints this year.

I enjoy your contests. Hope to enter again soon.

- Greg Creedon


Rule the Thirds



Shooting Summary:

Canon G9. Program setting. Macro Mode. Color Setting: Sepia. No Post Processing.

Photo Description:

Mia & Frankie, as cat & dog, are natural born enemies and rarely occupy the same space.
So when i came across them napping together I grabbed grabbed the camera and quickly snapped the attached pic.
I framed the shot using the Rule of Thirds and tried to align their eye's on the 3rd-grid cross-hairs.


I think the Rule of Thirds is one of the single most important and easiest photography techniques which can instantly change the
way someone takes pictures and produce immediate results.

Peace, Photography, and Geek Toys 4 Ever!

-Jeffery Mashke


Ironically I took this shot 1/3 of the way through my day (at lunch.) Was walking around enjoying the sun for once and noticed all these new sprouts everywhere. It was pretty windy, and shooting wide open hand held gave the new leaves at the end of the moving twigs a slight glowing look. Not perfect focus but I really like how the shallow depth turned out. At a smaller f stop the dead branches from last year came into focus in the background and this one just turned out to have a little more character.

Leica M9 | 90mm | f2 | 1/3000

-Alex Doherty


Here's a landscape image that exemplifies the Rule of Thirds. One third tide-pool water, two thirds sunset sky. I mostly shoot sunsets and the green-flash part-time - my real job in medical research doesn't allow me to more fully pursue photography. This wintertime sunset was SOOOO typical of those here in busy SoCal, with a lot of folks hanging around the ocean's edge in anticipation of a quick and easy color show. When the minutes after sundown pass without much color development, most people leave in impatience. As is often the case, the color show this evening began a full fifteen minutes after sundown, peaking at twenty minutes. So the take home for sunsets is: don't be be in such a hurry; I've seen some amazing last-minute light shows! Shot with a hand held, full-frame sensor Nikon D700 fitted with a Nikkor16-35mm VR ED lens @ 22mm, ISO 200, f/4, 1/15sec, manual focus - using a Tiffin HT Haze 86 filter. The little white speck at "10:30" is Venus. Minor color correction with Adobe CS4 prior to cropping. Enjoy!

-Steven Rossi



I used Nikon D3000 to take this photograph. I had my 18-55mm lens with me and the iso was set at 1600. I took the picture at Washington square park in NY.



-Reshav Malia


Camera: Nikon D300s
Focal Length: 36mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320sec.
Aperture: 8
ISO: 160
Category: Nature


On my way from Delhi to Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal monument for the very first time were these farms on both sides of the road. Winter's fog provided a scenic yet mysterious look all throughout the journey. Apparently, the greenery demanded its own supply of fog which made it bloody essential to pull over and have a few clicks at. The 3 trees and the pathway on the left quarter of the frame made for a perfect "Rule Of Thirds" frame. All in all making a good click.


- Arsh Sayed


This was shot with my Sony Alpha A350K 14.2MP Digital SLR with 18-70mm
zoom. Some people have forgotten about this little gem, but I highly
recommend it for beginners to intermediates. It's got a fantastic flip
live view, which I put to great use here in Brooklyn's beautiful
Botanic Garden. Somewhere near the end of September, after reading
about light and shadows, I decided to take a stroll through the
gardens and see what the trees would do for me at dusk. It was a
mesmerizing experience and I'd felt like an entire world of
opportunity had opened up for me. With the ISO leveling between 400
and 800, I happened upon this solitary yellow leaf hanging near the
propped face of a weathered log - and I just knew Autumn had come.

-Aspry Jones



This photo was taken on my dresser, in my bedroom. I put the camera on a tripod, grabbed my remote shutter, and took my nightstand lamp, took off the lampshade, and held it to light up the dime. i then ran it through Photoshop and fixed it, and out came this beauty!
Canon Rebel XT, 18-55 kit lens with four close-up lenses screwed to the lens. ISO 400, f.5.6


-Ryan Stankard


Taken just outside Okotoks, Alberta (about 25 mins south of Calgary)
early the morning of Jan. 12...clouds co-operated and gave me some
dramatic looking stuff in the sky. There's a small ridge just outside
of town that is soon to be a housing development but so far is just a
paved road in the middle of farm country. It's perhaps 50 ft higher
elevation than anything in the area so you can see way out to the
east, and all the way to the mountains in the west. Caught the edge of
the sun as it peeked over the hills.

Taken with my shiny new Canon 60D, 18-200mm lens, f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/60 exposure

-Adam Coe


"Caffeine Daze"

I found myself just lazing the afternoon away with a couple of friends at this quaint little coffee shop Papa Palheta, and was just randomly shooting stuff with my iPhone 4S when I looked out the window and saw this lovely scene. There isn't a specific subject per se, but I like how everything balances out nicely, and you get to see a little of all the different parts of the coffee shop. Loving my iPhone 4S' camera!
iPhone 4S, f/2.4, 1/24s, ISO 64; edited for colour and contrast on Camera+ app.


- Bryan Lee


While my girlfriend and I were goofing around with light painting on a camping trip at Padre Island National Seashore we were awestruck as an orange glowing moon began to appear over the horizon to the east. The image was taken with a Canon T2i, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II. With the focal length at 23, and using the live viewfinder and digital zoom to focus the stars, ISO 800 and a 6 second exposure yielded this image. ISO 800 greatly reduced the noise from ISO 1600, and a 6 second exposure left a nice effect on the water where is is smoothed but you can also still make out waves.

-Bryce Harlow


Shooting Challenge-

The City of Dallas just lit up a new bridge as part of the Trinity River project downtown. The lit up bridge is the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, foreground bridge is Commerce St. I pulled over to the side of the road to catch the shot with the Dallas skyline in the background. Aside from a cloudy sky, I thought it came out pretty cool. A shout out to my extremely patient and supportive wife (not pictured). She was with our 8-week old daughter in the car, temperature dropping fast and wind blowing like crazy while I was fiddling with Nikon dials for 30 minutes :-)


This photo is camera raw and unedited. Nikon D90 Kit lens 18-105mm.

Manual, Long exposure settings, f/4, Long Ex NR, High ISO and standard color


- Matt Pavlovich


I'm a junior in high school and got a sweet camera for Christmas this year - so far I'm loving it. Your contests really give me some inspiration to find new ways to look at the world and experiment with different photography techniques, so kudos to you! For this shot I just got together some things from the kitchen with the natural light from my chandelier, no special tricks involved. Just for fun, I shot this with a
Canon 60D w/ Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, f/5.6 @ 1/25, ISO 1600.

-Kevin Schaich


Shot with Canon EOS 30D 28-105mm lens ISO 800

My cousin came to visit me in Hoboken all the way from Pittsburgh. He's been getting into photography lately and I wanted to show him something he wouldn't see anywhere else. We went down to the river right across from NYC. We had my old tripod and started shooting. I always tend to shoot using the rule of thirds and thought this made a good example for him to use in the future. I told him that great composition is the number one idea to focus on when taking your picture. I hope this photography helps prove that idea to him.


- Antony Hendershot


This is my first simation into the contest so i'm sorry if i messed up on the sizing of the photo.

As for the story, I was up on the roof cleaning out all the leaves with my coworkers and had given my Iphone to a coworker that didn't like heights so as I climbed up to clean out on the highest point they told me I should pose in a hero like style and here we are.


Simple point and click for the photo via cell phone nothing too fancy.

Thanks again,

- Scott Lang


I know, I know I took this photo 2 days ago...

But it's one of the best things I've ever done, and it coincidently (to my eyes at least) fits the rule of thirds.


There was a very bright moon on Monday night and my twelve yr old son and I took a short trip to our local reservoir (Bartley Green, Birmingham UK) to see if we could get a good shot.

Gave it a long exposure 30 secs, set the iso to 200 and f7.1 at the widest my lens could go 24mm.


I only bought myself the camera (5dmk2) at Christmas and was very happy with the result.

Please let me in, it's my first go.


-Deron Galloway


I was in Carmel California at a wedding for my sister and brother in law. It was in the cocktail hour after the wedding was over, everyone was downing champagne like it was going out of style (I even herd a few glasses break off the side of this ledge) I sat my glass down and was enjoying the sunset when I came up with the idea for this shot. I left my SLR in the car because I was in the wedding and didn't think I could hide it in my coat pocket, so I whipped out my iphone4. Not too bad for a cell phone I would say. I saved it in the best quality possible, hope its enough.

Thanks for the opportunity.

-Dane R. Bracewell


Iso 64 4.3mm f/2.8 iPhone 4S camera

Walking to my dorm in the evening, I passed Berkeley's beloved Campanile and noticed the wonderful hue it took on as the sun was setting. The weather was perfect, and I couldn't have expected a better turnout!


- Matt Ginelli

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