Monday, August 8, 2011

Take Your Pick

1.  Crop for the rule of thirds, put the painter on the right side


2.  Yeah, crop for the rule of thirds, but the action is vertical.

3.  Forget about the rules of composition.  The building is gorgeous, so do it horizontally and don't crop too tightly.  Let folks enjoy the building.


33 comments:

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

1. Great capture
2. Wonderful action
3. Exquisite architectural detail and color
4. Make your own rules
5. Glad that is not you on the ladder, right?

Bises,
Genie

Kate said...

Great instructions!

Dianne said...

I'm with Genie - make your own rules - love the bottom uncropped pic!

Regina K said...

The painters rules
1. Have one hand holding onto structure
2. Keep one foot on ladder
3. Stretch

Cindy said...

I like the painter as a secondary character in the picture. It's a great building.

Bruce Clark said...

I like the vertical shot. The painter arching to paint the trim adds a nice element to the photo.

Leif Hagen said...

Better him than me! Hope you was very careful up on that ladder as a friend of ours just fell off one and broke his pelvis!
YES - the uncropped photo is best - love the building!

brattcat said...

I, too, vote for the final shot. Rule Last: follow your instincts.

Halcyon said...

I definitely like the third (non)crop best. The painter is perfectly placed in the shot and it is a nice building!

Lynette said...

Jack, following your thought processes like this is great! I agree that the widest shot is best, by far.

Luis Gomez said...

Yes! Nothing better than the whole picture.

Jacob said...

I like your rationale. Rules are made to be broken. I've heard that somewhere.

Actually, I like the vertical "action" best...it best portrays the danger this guy is in ... just a reach of another inch is gonna send him crashing down!

Birdman said...

As surfers say... hang ten! I hope.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You definitely made the right choice Jack. Can just hear the painter thinking "must.. just.. reach.. that.. last.. spot" and totally admire his casual little ankle twist! Btw love your post for yesterday and agree that it is so nice these days to see someone with faith in an 'honour box' also 'flower power'....!!

Sharon said...

I like your full picture on the bottom but, that fellow is making me dizzy.

Sylvia K said...

I have to repeat Genie's 1-5! Terrific captures and do your own thing because you are good! And what a delightful house! Oh, and stay off the ladders, okay??

Sylvia

cieldequimper said...

Whatever could one add after Genie? :-)

Except maybe that I hope he doesn't get tendonitis. I've had it bad for almost 2 months now.

EG Wow said...

The rule of thirds is only a GUIDE! I like the third photo because it IS a beautiful building. :)

JM said...

Jack, this is such a cool post! I really enjoyed it and the building is gorgeous!
P.S. And I'm smiling at Genie's #5. :-)

Lois said...

I'm glad you broke the rules Jack!

joo said...

The building is terrific, action is superb so what would we need rules for! Love this post, Jack!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's amazing, the instructions and the pictures!
* in some way this post reminds me our place in South of Brazil!
hugs and a nice week
Léia

VP said...

I agree about the last solution, but the house (very nice, by the way) is still leaning...

Virginia said...

Well it reminds me of a series of photos that circulated through email about "Dumb Things Men Do". Hmmm this could have been a contender.

I will show your series to my next photography class on Rule of Thirds. Parfait! :)
V

Farmchick said...

A beautiful structure that I would hate to paint!

RedPat said...

I vote for door # 3 also! Great building.

Nita Davis said...

I am a building lover so will have to go with #3 as well. However would love to see it cropped as you did with number one except with the painter to the left. That way you still see the beautiful building but put more of the focus on the painter.

Bob Crowe said...

Oh, to hell with the rule of thirds. Question Authority.

Randy said...

Don't ask me I always got in trouble for coloring outside of the lines.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

YOU know what you're doing; him, I'm not so sure.

Dawn said...

Haha...oh I have to laugh at what "Oakland Daily Photo" just said!

Rules ARE made to be broken. Especially in photography cases:)
I sure like the building...

jennyfreckles said...

Ooh, hope it's only the rules that get broken!

SRQ said...

#3! Did you offer to explain to the painter the rule of thirds?