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The Rule of Thirds



The Rule of Thirds… It is mostly used when cholesterol-free/low salt pizza — with whole wheat dough — is made.  Three pieces of whole wheat flat bread are placed on a pizza pan (which is a dandy rule of thirds).  Then the Golden Ratio takes effect, wherein (after the no-salt sauce is spread and non-fat cheese is sprinkled) golden canola oil is placed over each of the three circular sections.  (Green olives are also added, in halves, in measured proportion.)

So many of us, as photographers, are concerned about proper proportion in our photos.  That proportion deals with the relationship of visual elements to each other and to the whole.  If we succeed in arranging the the contents of our photos through the usage of wise judgement, we may produce excellent photographic end products.  The real tragedy as photographers, however, would be that our photographs have correct balance and relationship to the whole… while our minds do not.  If one’s photographs are balanced, yet one’s mind is not, what is the point?  Really!

So many minds are not balanced; and their relationship to the whole is distorted and askew.  Where there is needless conflict, friction, and fragmentation — in terms of the mind — there is no deep balance, integrity, no real proportion; then there is needless separation.  So many of us — just as we did in extremely primitive times — continue to think that we are separate from our thoughts, separate from our perceptions.  We were taught that we are at some separate center that controls thought and thinking from a distance.  It’s like one antenna of an insect maintaining that it is separate from the other antenna (and is its “controller.”)  When one embraces antiquated, fragmentary teachings and adamantly remains with (and “as”) them in mental blindness for an entire lifetime, where is the beauty and balance in that?… where is the proportion and symmetry in that?

Moving to a sense of proportion. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Moving to a sense of proportion. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

17 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. I use those old composition rules without thinking when they apply. Each image has to be considered on its own, and when to break the “rules” since there aren’t any.


  2. It’s good to acquire some knowledge on a cold winter day, Thomas and to look at your wonderful photos, regards Mitza


  3. I fully agree with your narrative, Tom. Sometimes the old addage, “if it ain’t broke, don’ t fix it,” can use a bit of adjustment.


  4. No damn wonder my pictures are off balance 🙂 Good post, Tom! Take care. Bob


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