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 .
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.
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.
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.