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Photographic Technique Challenge - Rule of Odds

2012.05.04
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My personal favorite - I think I counted correctly to make sure the spilled salt granules were an ODD number!
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THE RULE OF 3’S: Whenever possible frame your pictures with odd numbered objects. By far the most popular odd number is 3, but any odd number of objects (generally speaking) is better than even numbers. The reason for this is that it is harder for your brain to take in an image that is not symmetrical. Your eye has to move more throughout the image (from object to object) to take it all in. This translates into a “more interesting” composition compared to one that your eye can take in quicker by dividing it in half or grouping even numbered of objects.

Other posts for the "Challenge" are here!
16 Comments
djnana I like everyONE of these, Larry, especially #1 & 4! (You should have had either 1, 3 or 5 shots in the post, though!)
djnana · 2012-05-03: 22:09
mrmeliska Great set....love the post-it tablets...
mrmeliska · 2012-05-03: 23:33
karmankwarner I had never known that, learn something new everyday. :) The one that caught my eye was the post it notes.
karmankwarner · 2012-05-03: 23:42
slowpete great compositions. excellent work
slowpete · 2012-05-04: 01:11
RayNvb and to your explanation i add.... and it just feels right. It's more soothing somehow. Weird, but true. You need to recount that salt. I lost interest in it, so it must be an even number!
RayNvb · 2012-05-04: 04:37
ASINUS I like a lot the shot with onions. It could be the best one for me, but in my opinion there are two mistakes that you must correct: first the cut down on the red onion, second the excessive hight light glow on the other. I think that the colour and light in this shot are perfect, an still life example as much as the odd composition ones. I consider that #2 is perfect by composition, even if you adding the lines, it's sum is 11, that's an odd number! This is a very different concept picture from the #1, you can transform this in an abstract form very easily.
ASINUS · 2012-05-04: 05:04
lubyofthelake It really is true about this composition....funny, I always preferred asymmetry for the same reason, I think...
And....
" One is the loneliest number......"
lubyofthelake · 2012-05-04: 07:34
Bahare ha ha! very nice :)
Bahare · 2012-05-04: 07:42
jennyLit great shots!
jennyLit · 2012-05-04: 10:51
SheriJ I am so glad you counted the salt granules it saves me from doing it!! ha ha Great post pics! #1 wa-hoo my fave food groups!!
SheriJ · 2012-05-04: 11:17
JustmeG for me, the tones and lighting found in shots 1 and 4 are really stunning!
JustmeG · 2012-05-04: 11:59
lookagain Very cool ideas and shots for the PTC, Larry!! I'm just going to take your word on the grains in the last shot, at least for now....don't have time to count tonight - maybe tomorrow ;)))
lookagain · 2012-05-04: 21:59
DancingDolphin I really like the onions and garlic... but then I REALLY LIKE onion and garlic! 8^)
DancingDolphin · 2012-05-04: 22:53
tomie fantastic set! ilike 1 the most!
tomie · 2012-05-05: 04:21
MoMac I really like the first shot
nice set .
MoMac · 2012-05-05: 06:10
mwbergeron01 Wonderful set!
mwbergeron01 · 2012-05-05: 14:05
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