Rule Of Thirds

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

 

Nelson NV

Nelson NV

Brent Mail is a professional photographer from Australia who recently interviewed Cole Thompson, a fine art photographer from the United States. It is a great interview. Please go take a peek! Among many of the things he said that resonated with me concerns the Rule Of Thirds:

“I have my own “Rule of Thirds”. (I don’t like Rules of Photography so I make up my own).

My Rule of Thirds says a great image is comprised of one-third vision, one-third the shot, and one-third processing.

The vision is what drives the other two-thirds.

It drives the shot because when I know what I want the final image to look like, that directs how I capture the image.

Likewise with the processing, which is where I do the majority of the creative work on the image, the vision drives it.”

Get used to his name. Cole Thompson. I expect to be quoting more of his interview from time to time!

Photos By Emilio

35 thoughts on “Rule Of Thirds

    1. Oh, go one, Joanne. Admit it! You’ll feel better! (And thank you! That’s really a compliment! Just about the best one I’ve ever had. ) 😀

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      1. You are very welcome 😀
        You were the first person to say to me that the pictures we take are what the camera sees. How we change that picture afterwards through editing is how we choose to see that image … in other words, creating a unique piece of ‘art’.
        You probably don’t remember the exchange, but it was significant to me. It completely changed my thinking about photography. For the first time in my life I considered that I could be an ‘artist’ 🙂

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        1. Geez, sometimes I amaze myself with what comes out of my mouth! I had no idea anything I might have said could be significant. I’ll have to watch what I say from now on. And thank you for your wonderful compliments. Now go out there and do me proud!

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  1. Man, where in the hell do you find this stuff? The plane that was crashed against a hillside included. And no, I have no clue as to year and make of your cars. I’m not ancient.
    Great shot. I have come to expect nothing less from you

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    1. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to imply that you were ancient. Just maybe slightly on the other side of the hill. But only slightly. On the down slope. And (here comes the compliment) I thought you had a great interest in old cars and would, therefore, be knowledgeable! Sorry. I will not make either mistake again! Oh, and this is why Nelson is my favorite place to shoot. When you drive in there, on the left are these three cars- along with sundry other cars, trucks, shacks, signs all salvaged from other sites. Then less than a quarter mile up, on the right, is the downed aircraft! (It was actually a movie prop that was left there. Not a real crash site!)

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      1. I am on the down-slope and now you have managed to make me feel really depressed. Blimey mate! I’m just kidding. Not about the down-slope, you are right about that, and so am I. It is what it is, and I is too. So there.

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        1. Mike, I would never want to make you feel bad. So if you can just accept my belief that we are all on the down slope once we are born then, well….

          Damn, I think I just depressed myself. I’m going to go lie down now!

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    1. I have to admit I didn’t really study his work. I read the interview and there were a few sample of his images. I will be going back to study a bit more.

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  2. Great image Emilio 🙂 I find it amazing that you can go somewhere in Nevada and just find old abandoned cars that actually look like they are ripe for restoration. I like Cole Thompson’s view on rules 🙂

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    1. Can you restore an abandoned car or truck that is rusted? Seems like it would take a lot of work! But yes, they are all around! I love coming across them even if I know not the slightest thing about fixing them!

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    1. What? You’re leaving this site to visit another? No, you’re not allowed to do that, I don’t think. At least you’re not allowed to announce it! Just pretend your being called away on business, then go visit other sites. OK? I’ll feel a lot better if you just lie to me!

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  3. I would love to know the story behind this excellent photo!
    And thanks for the intro to Cole … I am not a rules follower (probably because I don’t know them – ha!)

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    1. That does not surprise me for some reason, you not being a rules follower. And I mean that in the best sense! There is no real story behind the photo, though I could probably make one up. This is Nelson NV, a place I often visit. It is an old ghost mining town that is always adding to their “exhibits” So whenever you go, there are new old buildings, new old cars. I have no idea where they get the money to purchase and move everything to their site.

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    1. OK, I admit I had to look up Radiator Springs. Yes, Meho, I was there! And will return! Now I just have to go see the movie!

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  4. Great shot Emilio. In a funny way it looks as if they are actually racing round an off-road track, even though it is very obvious that they aren’t- if you see what I mean 🙂

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