|The clouds and hills followed the lines of the mountains so beautifully as the light danced on the newly fallen snow.|
|the lupine leaves look like exuberant starbursts from a child's drawing|
In the Rule of Thirds, points of emphasis fall on any of the intersecting points of 3 imaginary vertical and 3 horizontal lines placed in a grid over the composition. Usually, if the subject is not in the dead center of the image, but instead off to the side, the composition is more pleasing to the eye. We don't look at things dead on all day long, unless of course we are in a staring contest. Thus, following the Rule of Thirds creates harmony because it shadows everyday life and also draws us into the image, asking our eyes to move around. In a landscape image, we will find it interesting if the horizon falls in the bottom or top third of the image, rather directly in the center. In this way, we are invited to examine either the sky or the earth as it is portrayed in the photograph.
When using color theory to create harmony in visual art, harmony can be achieved by remembering the 12 part color wheel. When 3 colors sit beside one another on the color wheel, they will be harmonious. The same will occur when 2 colors directly across from each other on the color wheel are together in a composition. Nature is the embodiment of harmony, so if you're making images in nature, there will be an inherent harmony that resonates in your images. Red/purple and green/light green are opposite on the color wheel and red and purple flowers are found often in nature framed by greenery. Yellow and green are beside each other on the color wheel, and we all know how ubiquitous yellow flowers are!
|coming up to the house from animal chores we noticed this beautiful sight.|
If an image is just made as a snapshot and not well thought out, it is in danger of being dull and boring. Harmony can do that. There must be something to offset the comfort that is found in harmony. This is why using things like leading lines, the rule of thirds and emphasis on a particular element in the composition can all create the balance that a great piece of art needs. If we are careful to apply all the elements of composition we have learned, creating pleasing and balanced photos is very simple in nature and with a little thought, just as easy in the world shaped by man. Just as a composer creates a feeling of peace with harmonious musical notes, so too can a visual artist evoke the sense of well being and rest that harmony creates.
Find more information on color theory here: http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory
|the delicious goo of pumpkin seeds, waiting to be hidden in the soil to become next year's vines....|
|I love the perspective that these clouds create|
|what's left of summer blossoms|
|A walk in the woods in the late afternoon light|
|moss growing on the tree the kids love to climb|
|A neighbor's field|
|A leaf rake, left to languish in the leaf strewn yard|
|the beauty of her blue eyes and the memory of the lovely homemade pie...|