Arroyo Frio Monochrome

Continuing with the black and White theme, from Easter of this year. I´ve read a lot of conflicting things recently about rule of thirds, should we be doing  rule of thirds/or not doing  rule of thirds, what´s it all about!

The far bank intersects the image through the middle, but has a glow effect (no filters in this image just a B/W conversion) but my eyes are drawn to the riverbank in the background (middle). And what is that matrix to the bottom right, a reflection of the trees or something submerged? Everything changes when you convert to monochrome, guess i´ll have to sleep on this one  and come up with some explanation with the new day! Can´t get rid of the  rotting branch in the foreground, just keeps popping up! Tried everything!

Canon 50D,Tamron 10-24mm@ 24mm,f/4.5, 1/200sec, ISO-400. Monochrome conversion.

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9 thoughts on “Arroyo Frio Monochrome

  1. I like this just the way it is. I would leave the branch alone…it adds interest. And as far as the rule of thirds goes…it’s not really a rule, but more of a recommendation. If it works for a particular shot…use it. If not, don’t. You are the artist behind the camera.

  2. I agree, there’s no reason to lose the branch – it provides a point of interest in the foreground. I’ve never actually read any conflicting opinions about the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that helps build a strong image. It applies to painting as much as to photography. Like most rules though, sometimes it’s best to ignore the rules where doing so will create a stronger image.

    I would argue that the river bank above is actually far enough off centre as to not look centred. I also think, that when I look at the bank, I see the reflection as well as the trees above and I see a compositional element that covers the top 2/3rds of the image. The floating log sits in the bottom third. If I go right to left, the outcropping on the right has a highlight that sits nicely at the intersection of thirds. Kind of looks to me that this image does use the rule of thirds.

    • Yeah you´re right Mike, it does use the rule of thirds in a just enough way, the original had the branch center of the image as opposed to the riverbank- all down to the crop i guess, PP is so important. My comment about Rule of thirds/ not Rule of thirds is just to do with some recent Blogs/Tutorials i have read,rule of thirds has always been just a guide but a guiding light for me but i´m not locked into it, i guess as photography moves forward a lot of people are challenging old ideas!

  3. Personally I have no time for all these rules. Yes, yes, I know where they come from, and I understand the significance of them, and yet, I don’t much care for them. This is a great shot, and that’s that as far as I’m concerned.

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