That Rule of Thirds!

This week Tina has given us the Lens Artists Challenge of showing our photos that illustrate the Rule of Thirds. As you can guess this is where the main subject of the photo takes up one third of the photo on right or left , top or bottom. Well…. I looked through my archives and had a tough time finding any horse photos that observed this rule but here are a few.

I wanted to show the amazing reach of Charlotte Dujardin’s horse Freestyle in this extended trot at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon NC 2018.
For this photo of Isabelle Werth, who had just won the individual gold medal, I wanted to show the German fans who were supporting her
Familiarization day at World Equestrian Games 2018. This was the chance for the horses to get used to the big space of the Tryon stadium .

Sometimes when photographing horses in action it is just not possible for me to think about any rules. The photo below is of Lynsey Rowan riding Carlucci in a pirouette. I find this movement very hard to photograph as there is only a second to get the right moment. In this photo I managed to get that ideal moment. But no rule of thirds observed here! Horse and rider take center stage!

I thought that people looking at this photo would be interested in seeing what the White Heron was looking at. Photo taken at the barn where Biasini stayed this past winter in Wellington Florida.
Sunset at the back of our home looking out over the neighbour’s farm fields. The colors of the sky were amazing and deserved to be shown in all their glory.

Thank you Tina for this challenge. It was a tough one for me but an interesting one nonetheless. Click here to see Tina’s post and her Rule of Thirds Lens Artists Challenge photos. There are also links to others’ responses. Do take a look!

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Dawn Palmer says:

    Beautiful horses! Looks like they got the rule of thirds just fine. ğŸ˜Ž

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    1. anne leueen says:

      YES! They must have studied it before.😆

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    Actually Anne your images really do follow the rule pretty closely. For example your beautiful image of Carlucci’s pirouette is on the lower third of the image. And of COURSE that beautiful moment should be in the center of your image! Birds and animals are often difficult to catch right where you want them. For that sometimes post-processing is our best option. Thanks so much for joining us this week!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for the challenge Tina. Horses on the move can be so tricky to photograph. The canter taken at the wrong moment looks like the horse is about to dive into the ground. The trot the click has to happen at just before the nearest front leg is at its most extended. So when I took the pirouette photo I was trying to capture that moment when the horse is up in front and sitting behind . The photo is one of my favorites. Thanks for commentin.g

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      1. Tina Schell says:

        I can see why Anne, it’s perfect. And, I think, could only have been captured by a true horsewoman

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Thank you Tina!

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  3. Leya says:

    A tough one? You rose to it in perfection!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Leya!

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  4. Neal Saye says:

    Absolutely sumptuous photos, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Neal.

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  5. myrosagirl says:

    I know nothing about taking those kinds of pictures but I very much enjoyed seeing your pictures 🙂 I just take any picture I can get of my horse cute or silly lol

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanka for commenting. Nothing wrong with snapping cute photos!

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  6. JohnRH says:

    Nice examples of thirds, Anne. You bring out the best in those magnificent animals.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you John.

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  7. Amy says:

    Excellent selections for the rule!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Amy!

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  8. Anne Sandler says:

    Great examples Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Anne!

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  9. Michele Lee says:

    These are gorgeous, Anne! I know this rule but I often forget to practice it.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I have to admit when taking photos of moving horses it it not something I think of .

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        With all the movement and activity, I imagine there is enough going on, to focus on.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Yes and cliicking at the right moment is essential.

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          1. Michele Lee says:

            Absolutely! No time to think. Just shoot! 📷

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