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Post your photos that break rules

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Rules are guidelines at best, and we all know that a photograph can be successful without following convention.

    Photo not sharp? Tilted horizon? Blown highlights? Subject too centered? All of the above?

    Share your photos that you feel are artistically successful but fail to follow the "rules".

    See also this classic piece at T.O.P. for inspiration: The Online Photographer: Great Photographers on the Internet
     
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  2. AlexH

    AlexH Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 27, 2012
    Arkansas, U.S.
    Great topic, Amin!

    It's kind of centered, and generally unimpressive in terms of framing and composition, but I love the sign on the dumpster:

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    Overhead Obstacles by DigitAl3x, on Flickr

    Again, pretty much just a centered subject, but I think it's cool because of the textures and the tone:

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    Mechanisms of a door by DigitAl3x, on Flickr
     
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  3. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    This is from a recent hike to the summit of Golden Ears. I hadn't intended my wife to end up in the photo at all, but while processing them, I decided that having her cut off like that added additional depth and contrast between her and the summit of the mountain.

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  4. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
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  5. CUB

    CUB Mu-43 Veteran

    275
    Apr 19, 2012

    There is only three rules of composition IMHO, and they are:

    1. If it looks right, press the shutter button.

    2. If it doesn't look right, change things until it does.

    3. There are no other rules, and if anyone tells you there are, ignore them.

    In reply to Amin, often there is nothing wrong with a centered subject. Indeed, for some subjects that are particularly strong and singular, a centred composition might well be the best option.

    If only people looked at their viewfinders and how a subject or subjects relate to the background and to each other, there would be no need for silly, arbitrary "rules" that serve no purpose whatsoever, except to stifle or detract from people's creative ability.

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  6. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    I'm pretty sure that was precisely why Amin started the thread to begin with.
     
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  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Indeed, it's also why I put "rules" in quotes.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using Mu-43 App
     
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  8. AZK9lover

    AZK9lover Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 25, 2010
    AZ, USA
    Stan
    here are a couple that may fit this thread:

    1) "to avoid degradation of the image don't shoot through another layer of glass" (this image was shot through both a UV filter and a hotel window)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sho94118/5800806746/" title="Seattle Skyscrapers by AZK9lover11, on Flickr"> 5800806746_722e0c4d51_b. "768" height="1024" alt="Seattle Skyscrapers"></a>



    2) "compensate to avoid underexposure when shooting into strong backlighting"

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sho94118/7907421492/" title="Serene by AZK9lover11, on Flickr"> 7907421492_1f5949985e_b. "1024" height="688" alt="Serene"></a>
     
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  9. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    I do lots of centered shots, maybe I just can't make up my mind.
     

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  10. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
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  11. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Big no-no's.. selective colorization, centered subject.
     

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  12. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    Or have a long exposure running when you need to run up the beach to avoid a wave.
     

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  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
  14. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    In this one the performers are out of focus, the hands are blurred and the highlights are blown - but I liked the effect I achieved when I converted to B&W. I just like the photo. :rolleyes:

    MRDK-0263.
     
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  15. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    Very nice, Bob.
     
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Excellent, Bob!
     
  17. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Don't move your camera while shoting

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/73403162@N00/8043202141/" title="P1050899-Edit.jpg by Ehud Lavon, on Flickr"> 8043202141_6915c5dbf6_b. "1024" height="768" alt="P1050899-Edit.jpg"></a>
     
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  18. Briar

    Briar Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 13, 2010
    Bonnie Scotland
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/briar34/7818207158/" title="Edinburgh Fringe 2012 by Briar34, on Flickr"> 7818207158_da7be08121_c. "800" height="427" alt="Edinburgh Fringe 2012"></a>

    I won't make it as a portraits photographer with photos like this!
     
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  19. monchan

    monchan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2012
    Tottori City, Japan
    Wow, everyone move your mouse wheel up and down while looking at this image. I can alomost feel the wind in my hair.
    its like looking at one of those picture books you flick through your fingers to show movement. it really makes me feel the speed of the bike.

     
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  20. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Feb 2, 2012
    Ha, This one looks like the dogs are floating on rays of light. Very cool.