Friday, December 11, 2015

Cee's Compose Yourself Challenge: Week #10 Using two-thirds of your photo frame

Last week I shared some photos using the rule of thirds in photography.  This week I've gathered some photos that use mostly the rest of the space in a photo.   I'm linking my post to Cee's Compose Yourself Challenge:  Week #10 Using 2/3 of your photo frame.

elephant at the Oregon Zoo in Portland
The little dark spot on the rock surface in the background naturally draws one's eyes to the darkness of the elephant's trunk and then on over to the rest of the body.  The elephant is the main subject and takes up the right two-thirds of the photo.

whooping cranes in Eastern Oregon
In this photo the whooping cranes with the white wispy clouds in the background are the main subjects and use the left two-thirds of the photo.  The right one-third of the photo has just a few clouds, but the eyes tend to see mostly the blue sky.

rhododendron blossom
The rhododendron blossom uses the left two-thirds of the photo.  The bokeh on the right one-third of the photo helps one to more clearly see the outline of the right side of the blossom's edge.

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater structure at the Enchanted Forest in Oregon
The bright colors of the main subject taking up the left two-thirds of the photo immediately cause the viewer to focus on it rather than on the green background using almost all of the right one-third.  Although the foliage is still fairly defined, because it is mostly the same, one doesn't focus long on it.

basalt rocks near the Dee Wright observatory on the McKenzie Pass in Oregon
These basalt volcanic boulders use the bottom two-thirds of the photo with the sky using the remaining upper one-third of the photo.


  1. nice examples of the two-thirds rule.

  2. Marvelous use of 2/3s of your frame. I really like your gallery this week. Thanks Pat.