Sometimes the best prompt of all comes from a friend. Carsten wondered what had happened to this poor little blog, begun so bravely a year ago. He posted a comment on the Storyteller’s fire post of, ulp, February 24, 2011.
Then Scott Thomas, the genial proprietor of Views Infinitum, proposed an assignment. Follow the Rule of Thirds to make better photos. Well, what with one thing and another, I did not get around to the assignment until the deadline had passed, but I thought, what the heck. I can still do the work and maybe even learn something.
I do try to pay attention to composition when I’m taking a picture, but sometimes I’m lucky to get something before it disappears. The cat, for example, or a kid climbing a hill with his sled.
This is a pretty cluttered photo, but at least I got those green, green eyes.
Then I tried cropping it a couple of different ways, keeping in mind the idea, if not the precise reality, of thirds.
Better—still no cigar. But then I’m pretty much starting out with cornsilk anyway, eh?
I loved watching the kids sledding on the hill behind the Elk Rapids Library. There was hardly any snow that day, but they were having a wonderful time. I wish I had managed a photo that really captured their adventure from their perspective, but . . . So here’s the original image of our sledder.
Way too much ominous tree trunk, right? Again I tried a couple of cropping experiments.
If I’d had a good quality image to begin with I think I might like the close crop best, but as it is, I’m sort of fond of the one that shows the context, and maybe gives a hint of what a big hill that must have seemed to a little guy who’d been sledding down it for awhile.
I had a little better luck with some other images, but those will have to wait for the Second Trimester.
Maybe I’ll dig my way out of my Cave of Hibernation. We shall see.