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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:14 pm

In Lightroom, on my MacBook Pro screen, this is evenly divided into thirds, sand to grass, grass to horizon, horizon to top. But my eye doesn't agree. Thoughts? Matt
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:52 pm

Looks pretty equal as best I can tell from your description....

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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:33 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
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In Lightroom, on my MacBook Pro screen, this is evenly divided into thirds, sand to grass, grass to horizon, horizon to top. But my eye doesn't agree. Thoughts? Matt
I think that is a perfect and perfectly beautiful photograph! :clap:

I suspect the fool-the-eye factor here is the sea. The grass + sea are the middle third, but because they are different colors and textures there's a disconnect. It's like this optical illusion
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where the straight lines are actually the same length but the arrowheads fool the eye into thinking one is longer.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:06 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:52 pm
Looks pretty equal as best I can tell from your description....
I have now discovered that not only am I mildly colorblind, but that my visual perspective is off. El Greco genes? Matt
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:27 pm

Wonderful image Matt. Your use of "Rule of Thirds" works quite well here.
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Post by minniev » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:47 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:14 pm
In Lightroom, on my MacBook Pro screen, this is evenly divided into thirds, sand to grass, grass to horizon, horizon to top. But my eye doesn't agree. Thoughts? Matt
It is truly divided in thirds and makes a great vertical Gursky-ish image. Chuck gave a good explanation and I won't dispute his expertise - he knows his stuff!! For my less trained eye, it is a little misleading because my eye counts four or even six elements, some relatively equivalent and some not. So it's a stack of unequal parts and I have to use my objective mind to force it back into thirds.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:21 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:27 pm
Wonderful image Matt. Your use of "Rule of Thirds" works quite well here.
Thanks Ernst. Without questioning your comment, I am always surprised by what others on pM find worthwhile in my images. If this were from someone else, I probably wouldn't pause on it very long or even comment. If you have a moment, could you tell me what you find attractive or interesting in it, Ernst? Thanks. Matt
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:27 pm

minniev wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Matt Quinn wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:14 pm
In Lightroom, on my MacBook Pro screen, this is evenly divided into thirds, sand to grass, grass to horizon, horizon to top. But my eye doesn't agree. Thoughts? Matt
It is truly divided in thirds and makes a great vertical Gursky-ish image. Chuck gave a good explanation and I won't dispute his expertise - he knows his stuff!! For my less trained eye, it is a little misleading because my eye counts four or even six elements, some relatively equivalent and some not. So it's a stack of unequal parts and I have to use my objective mind to force it back into thirds.
Yes, Minnie, I saw those different elements while I was deciding how to crop and went back and forth several times before choosing this one. The scene, however, was in gross thirds in my viewfinder and that drew me. And I thought of Gursky. Can't escape the fundamentals, I guess. Matt
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Post by vinnylepes » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:44 pm

The horizon is where you divide one third--but the color of the sky extends below that, so from a color standpoint the top third is larger and the middle third is smaller. But who said they should be even? I think they are beautifully balanced :).

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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:47 am

vinnylepes wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:44 pm
The horizon is where you divide one third--but the color of the sky extends below that, so from a color standpoint the top third is larger and the middle third is smaller. But who said they should be even? I think they are beautifully balanced :).
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