Shooting Challenge: 12 Shots Ruled By Thirds

Shooting Challenge: 12 Shots Ruled By Thirds

How do you frame a photo that it’s divided into nine equal parts — long thought of as the ideal composition by photographers? Twelve Giz readers gave it a shot (tee hee!) in this week’s shooting challenge. Check out all the results below, and don’t forget to click on each image to see the full-size photo.


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After thunderstorm start to the weekend a short drive up the F3 was a must to Somersby Falls, where the sun broke through the clouds while I was shooting.
Equipment: Nikon D300, 12-24mm f/4 lens, tripod. 5 exposures (-2ev to +2ev) captured RAW, processed to TIFF using PSE, HDR tone mapping using Photomatix.

Alex Fagan

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Camera: D90 @ 63mm
Shutter speed: 1/6sec
Aperture: f32
ISO: 200

I wanted to grab a pic of the sun rising between the cloud layer and ocean. The weather wasn’t as agreeable as I’d hoped, but it broke into thirds pretty nicely.

Kevin Cheng

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Camera: EOS 7D with 24-105mm IS USM, CPL
Settings: f/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

A little homage to that quirky car company Saab.
Not generally a fan of taking a photo of a perfectly clean car — I feel it is too sterile.

Nathan Zeppel

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Taken with a Canon 550D and Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS USM Lens @ 55mm.
ISO 100, f/2.8 @ 1/1000 sec

Was out on the beach on Saturday night for a good mate’s 21st party. He does it yearly on the beach and had an amazing party full of beach volleyball and cake. Beach was perfectly facing west, so got to take a few good pictures of the gorgeous sunset and resulting cloud colours! Have only had my camera a week, so starting off joining the shooting challenge when its on composition is certainly challenging, but fun nevertheless =]

Zac Lloyd-Jones

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This picture was taken at Etty Bay, in far north Queensland, just after the sun came up early this morning. Given the fact that the stinger nets are up this time of the year made it a little restricting where I could take the shot as its only a fairly small beach. The tide was a bit too far in for my liking but there’s no controlling that :P. I used my trusty Nikon D90 with a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 with a Hitech 2 stop neutral density grad and a Hitech 3 stop neutral density filter. The camera was held steady by a Manfrotto 055XB tripod with the 804RC three-way head while I slowed the exposure down. It was so bright at this point that I had to stop my lens down to f/14. ISO was down to 100 (Low1) and a 0.6-second exposure. WB was set to 4600k. Lens was set to 12mm (my filter holder is visible at 10mm). I edited the shot in Adobe Lightroom 4 beta by boosting the contrast a little, taking some detail back from the highlights and the shadows and tweaking the colours a little.

Upali Wickramasinghe

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Sony A77 with Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM II, f/5.6 1/500 ISO320.

This was taken at the Australian Open. Although one might think this does not fit the rule of thirds, I’d like to say why it fits the given theme. Check where the ball is in the picture. It is in the lower intersection of the right third, but that is not the exciting part. Can you see that the ball is inside the racquet, within the fraction of time when it starts to go back, basically being “burried” in the strings. Now this is why I find this shot exciting, the “right moment” of time. Thus making the ball the star here not Novak 🙂

Pete Aitchison

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Canon 60D
ISO 125
180mm Macro

Attempted to get this bloke’s torso in the first third with the ‘tail’ taking up the rest. He let me get lots of shots of him and even gave me the time to aim off a 1:1 where most were around 1:1.5 and 1.2. Very grateful for that.

Oliver Sugden

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Camera: Canon Kiss X4 (550D) with Magic Lantern custom Firmware
Lens: Samyang (Bower) 35mm F1,4
Iso: 160
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
Aperture: F2,0

My news lens arrived in the post this week, and I was very excited about it, so I took it into the backyard to do some test shots. I saw the flower and set about taking a shot with my tripod. The Samyang (Bower) lens is manual focus so it allowed me to focus on the flower accurately with ease, and with the fast aperture rendered the background as wonderful green bokeh. Following the rule of thirds, I tried to place the flower along the vertical third line on the right hand side just to see how it would look, and I was pretty happy with the result .

Joe Lim

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This picture was taken at Nightcliff, NT. It’s still the wet season and the sky is cloudy. I was driving along Casuarina Drive then I came across this bridge at Nightcliff. I took some pictures using the RULE of THIRDS. Here’s my attempt. Please comment 🙂

Take with Nikon D5000, Sigma 18-50mm f2.8
Setting: Aperture priority, f11, shuttle 1/640s, ISO 400

Ben Vawdrey

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Canon 550d w/50mm f/1.8 II Prime @ f/2.8, 1/320th, ISO 800.

I bought this lens only a few days earlier and was having a bit of fun in the studio whilst taking some photos for my band. Aside from this new lens, I only have the normal kit lenses which only go down to f/3.5, so being able to go right up to f/1.8 was a lot of fun for me, and I went a bit crazy with short depth of fields.

I didn’t really have this challenge in mind, but when I pulled the photos up on the computer this one just stood out to me.

The highlight on the upper right intersection along with the strings across the upper third and the focus point on the lower intersection just seemed to work out nicely.

What topped it all off for me was seeing myself in the reflection on the chrome bridge. I thought it was really cool and overall and interesting shot, particularly for something that wasn’t really thought out at all.

Iain Oliphant

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Took this photo up at work in the Pilbara the other night. Came out of my room, saw the clouds forming and grabbed my camera to take this. Fiddled around with a few filters after I took it and ended up with this. Taken on a EOS500D, ISO100, Stock 18-55mm lens.

Peter Bradbrook

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I used a Canon 5d Mark II with a Canon 50mm f1.4 lens. This was shot at iso 100, f/2.0 and 1/50 sec. There are the most amazing and interesting people in the city, and I was fortunate enough to snap this one off while he was in mid performance. Being a city person, I’ve always been stunned by it’s aura, yet never felt out of place.