Color in Winter

It’s been unseasonably warm for January in Pennsylvania, so I took the opportunity to go outside and take some pictures.

 

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Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
–William Wordsworth
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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week #9 Rule of Thirds Introduction

I am participating in Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Week 9. This week’s theme is the Rule of Thirds. I try to keep the Rule of Thirds in mind when I am taking photos. I have noticed that I tend to take shots with the main subject in the upper right corner. I don’t do this intentionally, it just seems to happen. I have to remind myself to try different placements and angles.

Here is a perfect example. The flower bloom is in the upper right corner.

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Here I tried to get fancy, experimenting with the upper and lower left corners.

But the thing I learned the most from this challenge is that you can use the columns and rows of a shot when following the Rule of Thirds. This can help anchor a shot and utilize negative space to highlight a subject.  I think the sunset shot below is an example of this. The dark trees at the bottom of the photo anchor the shot, but also create negative space to draw the eye up to the sun beams and clouds.

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Finally, I’d love feedback on my last photo. I took this shot at a local amusement park this summer. This is a fun statue that everyone sits beside for a picture. I think it follows the Rule of Thirds since the statue is in the right one third of the shot and the rest is negative space. But maybe the negative space is too ‘busy.’ Constructive criticism is welcome…

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Thanks for a wonderful challenge Cee! I learned so much!