If you are new to photography, one thing that you will hear a lot about is the Rule of Thirds. Not familiar with the term? A simple, quick explanation can be found here. As with all rules of photography, it is probably more accurate to call it a guideline. Most of the time it works, but sometimes, really it is better to just ignore it. For this photo below though, the rule of thirds is exactly what I had in mind:
This photo was taken using the rule of thirds partly because I thought it was a simple, elegant composition. I thought that using the rule of thirds would accent the simplicity.
I did also use a high f-stop. I wanted to include as much detail as possible. In order to get that f-stop, I did need to use a tripod as my shutter speed was to slow for me to make the image just holding the camera.
As a photographer what do you think of the rule of thirds? Some cameras even have a grid that you can use in camera to help you achieve this effect, do you use it? Feel free to leave your comments below.