Last year (2016) at the start of winter I went at my brother’s place. On my daily morning walks I used to take pictures of the street. During one of those days I came across a beautiful view with trees behind the mist/fog. Well I can’t explain it in words so I took out my mobile phone and took some pictures of the scenery. Here is the pictures that I have taken.
Somehow, I tried 4-5 times and all the images I made that day were not able to capture that mood in my opinion.
That got me thinking, there should be a lot more to composition than the rule of thirds.. I am always shooting with the rule of thirds in mind. I had to move beyond the stupid rule. Because when I reflect back most of my compositions look similar. There is nothing new to it.
I concluded that even if the rule of thirds gave pleasing compositions the next photograph using the Rule of Thirds would be unoriginal.
So I went to Google and as usual started my research on composition. Most of the web is filled with junk from the so called experts. Then I came across The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum, I read it twice and understood most of it but I was not able to recreate or apply the knowledge in my own work.
Even though it is a great book I guess I am not advanced enough to improve my photography.
Then I came across a video by Tavis Leaf Glover and I was hooked.
I went through Tavis Leaf Glover Canon of Design and how he applied it to photography. I subscribed to his 365 project and rekindled my passion to grow and learn especially the composition
And below is the image I took from my mobile phone. I know the design principes he explained might not yet be there but I believe I am on the right path to improve upon my photography.