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To Break Or Not To Break??!

To Break Or Not To Break??!
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-06-03 14:37
Viewed: 3476
Points: 42
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To Break Or Not To Break??!

I mean the rule of thirds. A few days ago with my trekking fanatic 6 years old son Peter we visited the rock plateaus Tar-kő ("Bald Rock", 950 meters above sea level) and Három-kő ("Three Rocks", 904 meters asl.). On Bald Rock I made this photoset of the locally common plant species Centaurea jacea, the Brown Knapweed, and thought about which one's being more pleasant composition-wise (see the other image as workshop1): the central, where I tried to break the rule of thirds in the name of aesthetics, or the harmonic one captured using this important rule. Please let me know what you think.

Photo: done on 950 meters asl., in harsh sunlight (panoramic view from the plateau in workshop2). PP: level adjustment, cropping, framing, re-sizing, noise reduction, selective sharpening. No modification on the workshop photos except for auto levels and re-sizing to fit to TN.

ana974, brech, maurydv, siggi, vijeeshbabu, anel, uleko, Pitoncle, maaciejka has marked this note useful
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Ciao MF Lazlo. The great cahrm of simplicity! Magnificent playing of light.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-03 16:29]

Dear friend László !
To break or not break/ kkkkkkkkkkkkk Very funny. I was think about this tittle : what László means ??? Well ...well ... rules are made ​​to be broken!!!! And you did it and the results is there:what a lovely pic with great sharpness and beautiful colors!I love the balance of lightness and the elegant BG.Great job, indeed!Not only of fungus living man, is not it?kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Many thanks for sharing, dear friend! I love your pics so much!
Have a wonderful w-end with your little "trekking fanatic" boy!

Hallo Lazlo,
it is important to know the rules and know them very well to overcome them, observing, experimenting and finding innovative solutions; a very good picture, fine details and splendid colours.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-03 23:45]

Hello Laszlo.
A very nice composition of this flower.The colours are vivid and bold.The shot is well focused with sharp details.The flower stands out well against the lovely blurred BG.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hello Laszlo,
Great captured of this gorgeous flower, very nice point of view and a superb depth of field to keep a terrific focus on flower still have a pleasing out of focus background, Wonderful well saturated colors and super sharp details make this such a nice shot!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Excellent composition. Wonderful colors and great details.
regards vijeesh

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-04 4:12]

Hi laszlo,truely and excellent work.Not easy a total focus and sharpness in a macro of a flower like that.Magnificent light position to create this nice and brilliant effect,the pink hearth is wonderfull! Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-04 5:04]
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Hello Laszlo,
You pose the problem of the rules..now, I would say that the rules depend of many factors. For example the rule of thirds is mainly usuful for pictures with horizontal framing. For square or vertical framings there are other possibilites. What concerns close-ups I think that this rule cannot often really be used, and that for this kind of pictures more centred presentations are more effective. Now, what concerns your picture. The colorful impact is the first we see. And then my eye misses something..You have cut a part of the head of the flower which I think you shouldn't have done. Is just like something lacking. At least in my eyes. I think the best indicator for a balnaced presentation is your own eye, but the rules might help too. And sometimes to ignore rules , helps to be creative!
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-04 5:10]

Hello Laszlo,
What a splendid photo. Your POV was perfect here with a very beautiful centred composition. Excellent sharpness, details, DOF and natural colours.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-04 5:36]

Rules are meant to be broken, if the image is as attractive as this, good one. tfs.

Hi Laszlo,

A very nice and well taken image of this beautiful flower, good sharpness with fine detail, gorgeous natural colours, good work and weel done,
Best Regards,


Ciao Laszlo, splendid light on lovely flower, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-04 8:00]

Hello Laszlo,
To me the 'rule of thirds' seems most important when it comes to landscape photography, but so what, today the greatest photographers make their own rules!! It certainly doesn't worry me at all in this kind of floral photography. It's a beautiful macro showing sharp details and wonderful colours.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Bonjour Laszlo,
Je te laisse continuer ŕ philosopher sur l'opportunité de la rupture, je me contente seulement d'admirer cettte petite merveille trčs finement ciselée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Wladek,
to break this rule this time!! I'm sure.
Very nice photo. Amazing colours. Excellent point of view. Very nice light.
Have a nice evening an Sunday,

Hola Laszlo

Bella imagen de esta planta con esas lineas lilas que parecen fuego. Buenos contrastes y perfecta nitidez. POV excelente.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Laszlo,
I agree with Anel's critique above about the application of the "rules" with macro's. What strikes me most about your photo here are the beautiful translucent colours. You really captured it well and presented it equally well here. Very well done indeed.

Hello Laszlo
Aesthetically the main photo is better (well defined simple subject, wonderful rich colours, very good sharpness on the subject against the blurred BG)
Your photo in the WS is well composed with wonderful colours but the main subject is too small and the BG is too complicate.
Although the main photo is better than the WS photo, personally I find the WS photo more interesting because I can see the whole plants and their habitat.

Hy Laszlo
Sometime is good to break the rules. In fact, there were made to be broken! And the results could be much more better and appreciated! You have emphasis the little flowers, common for asteraceae family. Well done!

Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-25 4:41]

Hello Laszlo,
simply pretty in good sharpness. The purple flower is so beautiful and you have defined it so nicely, in clarity and glows.
Splendid soft background is very enhancing.


Hello Mr.Laszlo,
Thanks for your valuable comment.
Every day I watch your and other photographers picture entering photo gallery.Learning everyday.

This is a beautiful presentation.As a novice photographer this breaking rule picture is looking nice to me,than WS.Well captured.Nice colour.
Kind regards,

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