When I went to the Community Farm I was set the task of creating at least 3 images representing each rule of composition. The rules are: thirds, even and odd, triangles, space, simplification, symmetry and pattern and repetition.
Composition means combining or putting together parts to form a whole.
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is used by aiming the object of interest in the guide lines from a camera, by either placing it on the top horizontal line, the bottom horizontal line, or by allowing the subject to take up certain sections.
In this photograph I had the wooden sculpture in one third and greenery in the other two thirds. I roughly aimed the tops of the hills in the background on the top horizontal line when I used the grid.
In this photograph I used the flag for one third and greenery for the other two. What I like about this photograph is how I managed to capture most of the flag’s image in the strong wind.
In this photograph I aimed the house in the bottom two thirds and the sky in the top third. I found this image to have an eerie feel.
Rule of Even and Odd
Rule of odds have an odd number of subjects and make images more appealing while an even number of subjects can create tension.
For this even photo I placed two flowers together. What I like most about this photograph is the colours and detail of the flowers.
For this photograph I placed two blocks on top of a platform.
This photograph is of two stones on top of a post which looks very unnatural.
This photograph contains three daisys which are quite close to each other. They were the only three daisys that were near each other so I think this photograph gives the impression of togetherness.
One of my favourite composed images taken at the farm is this one, which is of three stones placed right next to each other on top of a wall. I like the shadows casting of them and how it looks neat and sophisticated.
Similar to the previous image, this photo has three bricks placed in a pile with a gap in the centre of the frame, which I think draws the most attention.
Rule of Triangles
The rule of triangles create a stable structured image.
My first rule of triangles photo is of a cart on a trailer. I thought the cart was attractive because of all the colours so I looked for an angle where I could interpret it to fit the rule of triangles. The triangular shape I found is the side of the cart which is the base of the shape. The part between the end of the cart and the end of the trailer continues the shape which forms a right angle. The last bit that connects is from the end of the cart to the hook of the cart. This forms a right-angled triangle.
This photograph is of a birdhouse. The triangular shape is the top of the house. I like the use of space in this photo.
In this photo I captured multiple triangles. Each end of the boat represents a triangle.
Rule of Space
The rule of space creates the sense of movement in an image.
I like this photo’s central composition, but to improve this with the use of space I could put a foot in the frame to suggest motion.
I took this in an unusual perspective to make the image look fearful.
I took this photograph with the cat in central frame so it looked powerful.
Rule of Simplification
The rule of simplification implies the use of focusing on one subject in the photograph and blurring out the background.
For this photograph I focused on one of the hooks of the cart. To improve this I could change the perspective so there is not lots going on in the background.
For this image I focused on the flower in the centre and simplified it. What I would do to improve this photo is to fix the lighting.
This is a simplified photograph of the hook of a trailer.
Rule of Symmetry
The rule of symmetry is used when subjects look very similar or the exact same when split in the middle.
Here, I used the rule of symmetry with bird house. I made it more visually pleasing by drawing the eye through the image to the dish in the centre from the dish in the foreground.
I used symmetry in this photography with my shadow. I ensured there was nothing else in the background that lead the eye of the shadow.
My line of symmetry in the photograph is the horizontal line across the middle. I tried to make the image more interesting by adding the use of space to the left.
Rule of Pattern and Repetition
The rule of pattern and repetition apply when the subject repeats itself in a similar form, like the rule of symmetry, it does not have to be accurate.
I took this photo of the ceiling in the Hobbit House which was made out of several logs that formed a pattern. I like the detail some of the logs have which does not make the pattern exactly the same.
The pattern I used in this photo is the pole of the fence. What I like about this photograph is the leading line it creates from the foreground to the background.
This simple pattern is of one of the fences which forms squares, and because of the angle I took it from it appears to look smaller further down to the bottom.
I took this photo of the cage which made a square pattern. What I like about this is that another pattern is created behind the first one. I took it at a slightly acute angle to show this.
This photograph is of the wooden post. The pattern I tried to show was the detail of the wood, which form lines across the image.