This is my contribution for The Daily Post photo challenge: The Rules of Thirds. Or more accurately me breaking the rule of thirds. Well not completely breaking it but interpreting it differently in this case.The starting point is one of the branches on our old Sycamore, though not whole it is still standing and magnificent to me. I wanted to share its wonder with the whole world and this challenge is as good as place as any. Here is a little back story on the process.
First off I was using my Canon PowerShot S3is for this capture so the bokeh Jen H was talking about was not going to happen. I did set the cameras aperture wide open but the limitations of the camera could never produce bokeh at the focal length needed for this shot. Not even close but Jen was talking about composition first, which is the heart of the rule of thirds. Bokeh is icing on the cake so to speak and her photo has a lot of icing ( just so you know I like icing so this is a good thing. A very good thing just don’t tell my primary care physician that). Secondly if I did use the rule of thirds I could not capture the essences of the tree. The branch is a good ten feet off the ground, so I had to choose instead to zoom in and get the things I was hoping to convey with the photo: The rich color, the wonderful texture and the scars time has left on this tree. In doing so I broke the rule of thirds but yet on the whole I stayed true to it as well. Confused yet? Me too, now scratch your head, then let it go and enjoy a part of a wonderful old Sycamore!