Breaking the Rules

I’m submitting these photos to the event Thursday Special at Paula’s blog ‘Lost in Translation’.  Breaking The Rules. That’s what she had to say about it:

When I came up with the theme for today’s challenge I was thinking about breaking photographic rules like the rule of thirds, taking unfocused photos, holding camera on an angle, experimenting with framing, or the rule that I most definitely broke – the rule of creating active space for moving subject to move into.

If you are photographing a subject that is moving you should place more empty space in front of it than behind it. This gives the viewer of the image a sense of where the subject is moving and creates a sense of anticipation.

While following this rule can produce some excellent results, breaking it can add a little tension and intrigue to your images. It can also convey a sense of speed and/or give the viewer a sense of where the subject has been rather than where they are headed.

And here is what I selected:

All the photos haven’t ever been used because I rejected them so far. Paula’s prompt to break the rules was all I needed. That’s why:

Playing till melting: I tried to shoot children playing at a public square to fulfill a Photo 101 assignment last year. I had to capture a fleeting moment. All went wrong as they were too fast and I had set the wrong shutter speed.  Looking at it now, it looks quite fun .

Playing till melting
Playing till melting

Over my head: I was shooting the swans in front of the canal where I live and they got very close to me, expecting me to give food to them. I shot several times while they moved very fast to my side but as I used a macro lens, some shots captured just parts of their bodies. This one does not have the best framing but still I like the sharpness of the details.

Over my head
Over my head

Shot by accident: This has a funny story associated with it. I was inside a tram and had just shot two women in front of me. When I put the camera in my lap, I shot by accident their feet. Surprisingly there was a much more interesting kitsch bag to be seen than themselves.

Shot by accident
Shot by accident

Hitchcock: At the same day I shot the swans, I tried to shoot a little boy and his father feeding the birds at the canal. I messed up with the settings and instead of a good shot of the boy and father, the birds became the subject with the dark background.


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37 thoughts on “Breaking the Rules

  1. All these photos are lovely, but I’m particularly intrigued by the first one. One of my friends, who is a photographer, plays with blur sometimes in her images of people, and I’m always intrigued by their complexity. Such a great photo!

    It’s really interesting how, sometimes, the “mistake” shots turn out to be the most rewarding in some respects. 🙂

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    1. So nice to hear you appreciated my mistakes. I was making several shots of the kids when they were just siting on the floor and talking. All of a sudden they started playing and moving very fast. I had manual settings and just played with the shutter, hoping to ‘freeze’ some moves and capture sharp ones, but well, I wasn’t successful at all with my experience. But as you said, it turned out to be rewarding. And I learned more about shutter speed.
      Thanks, Britta.

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  2. My grandson and I were talking today about how fast things change, are replaced by newer and newer “things”. He’s 25 and was fixing my computer, again. Anyway as I looked at your first photo, that came to mind. Hurry, speed, keep going. I’m probably that person standing by the water wondering where everybody is hurrying to 🙂 BTW my grandson Mason mentioned that I was the only person in the room who remembered (and had) a dial telephone back in the “dark ages”

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    1. Thanks for visiting the blog Sue, and for a lovely and introspective comment. Food for thought.
      You are so right about this insane speed that most people live in, while searching for relaxation at the same time, and obviously feeling frustrated after a weekend, after vacations, to come back to the madness.
      You have a point here…I truly believe that most don’t know where they are hurrying to, until they meet burnouts.
      Pity you didn’t keep the dial telephone!
      Have a good weekend.


  3. Oh…all are just marvelous. You are very good at breaking the rules aren’t you! The kids in motion is great. And the handbag on the fllor by the shoes (supergreat) shot just after you “shot” two women!!! Where’s the blood? I wish I had time to enter this challenge. But I’m time challenged.

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    1. Thanks much, badfish-coolfish. I don’t mind breaking rules if they aren’t illegal, immoral or make me fat. Lol btw this I took from a song.
      I think I would have seen blood if they had seen me shooting them. I have never used the photos though so I’m safe. They were really characters from a movie.
      PS. Well, I had this feeling of never having time, and seeing time flying by without me, so I started creating space for what I like doing and being a passenger of my own journey.


    1. Thanks much.
      That’s said more about my need to either shoot less and look at the results on the spot OR select the rejected ones after uploading.
      If I didn’t file them correctly after a while I wouldn’t even remember what I had done.
      Because I started marking the rejects I could find these ones.

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          1. Great! Panel was great fun, stayed for dinner and drinks and stayed the night, came back this morning. Lovely people, lovey young minds. Quite tired now but content to spend time with missGG tonight. Maybe catchup on the blogosphere 😀

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  4. They are all great examples of breaking the rules Lucile. I especially like the first one, it’s blurriness tells a story. I remember that prompt for photo 101, it was quite tricky.


  5. Lucile, I am very honest when I say that I LOVE them all. I can see nothing wrong with your Hitchcock shot maybe because I always focus more on animals than on people. Talking about birds – I have a lot of “over my head” shots 🙂 and I find them a total success. Your photo of feet is genius, and the most fun in this series. The first one looks like some experiment and I thought the kids were in fight, which would not be surprising. This collection of unconventional shots is just fantastic. THANK YOU 🙂


    1. Hi Paula, I have replied to your lovely comments on your blog, but could not forget you once more to thank you for your lovely comments and kindness. I am overwhelmed and grateful.
      Thank you for creating great prompts that could even resurrect my rejected posts. I learnt something here.
      PS> I can not find your comment anymore where you asked me about my trip. I’m going tomorrow night to Portugal.


  6. Happy accidents happen to me all the time! these are all wonderful. I take a lot outside wearing polarized sunglasses, squinting trying to see my subject. I have captured more great photos when I didn’t see clearly. I think that is “ART” is trying to insinuate itself into my sensible, linear mind. My fav is “Hitchcock.” 🙂

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    1. Thank you Terri. I love your description. I don’t have good eyesight anyways, even wearing glasses, due to a bad cornea, so I fully agree with you that not seeing clearly can make good photos! Lol at least is my excuse to my husband when I often bend the horizon line!!
      Have a great weekend.

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