Visual Tension

Visual Tension.
 
Thank you to everyone who made it out to my presentation last night in Lawrenceville, GA for the Georgia Nature Photographers Association meeting. The weather was horrible but it put a smile on my face to see so many people brave it. It was an honor to have my Dad at the meeting to hear one of my presentations. He is responsible for placing a camera in my hand and helping to create my passion and love for photography.
 
One of the topics I talked about was why we have the “Rule of Thirds”. You hear all the time you should use the rule but no one ever says why. I have even made it a point to ask people “why”? The overwhelming majority of the time the answer is “because its a rule”. Well I will finally tell you “why” and do my best to explain it. There are two types of composition, symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical or “bullseye” means everything is balanced top to bottom, left to right. Asymmetrical is where you create a “visual tension” in the image and force the viewer to study the image. Simply put, you want people to look at all of the image, not just the center, you want them to study the elements of the image that compliment the subject. Now you know why you “break” up the frame from that 50-50 split, you want the visual tension, but make sure you use all the areas to move your viewers as they work their way through the frame.
 
In this image, I am actually using the “Rule of Thirds”, but it is actually more of a symmetrical image vs asymmetrical. I have centered my subject, but instead of creating the tension with an imbalance of elements, I balanced it by positioning myself to place the emerging coneflowers on each side.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 6400, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

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