Friday, July 10, 2009

Wheel of Fortune

An old lug wheel from a long gone tractor. Mechanization was seen as the way to fortune for the prairie farmer. You can till more land, plant more crops and increase your revenues. It was also the way many farmers increased their debt load to the point where they ran into financial ruin.

What to do about rules? Have you heard about the "Rule of Thirds" - it is a compositional rule of thumb. There are three things you must do with the rule of thirds. 1. Learn about it; 2. Use it; 3 break it. Yes 2 and 3 contradict. Read the linked Wikipedia article or the many other interent tutorials out there on the net to learn about it. That will help you to use it. But why break it? If you used all the rules all the time (which one could not), your photo portfolio would be very boring. In this photo I used the rule along the horizontal. The centre of the wheel is on the upper-third, but the vertical is centered. I did this because I wanted to maintain the circular symmetry left-to-right. I thought about straigthening the horizontal line of the wheel, but didn't. I felt that the tilt gave it a discarded, found-object feel rather than a posed feel.

1/30 f/4 ISO 1600 EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 60 mm Canon EOS 40D

Quill Lake,Saskatchewan

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