The Gruffalo Walk in Pictures Using the Rule of Thirds

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Today we went for a walk to Culloden Wood.  We have heard so much about it, but never been able to find it. The walk features some amazing carvings in the trees. My sons favourite is the Gruffalo. I decided that as well as having fun I may practice taking photos using the rule of thirds.  So here are some of the images showing the before and after shots of the characters for the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The first picture of the Gruffalo has been taken in traditional way by placing the subject in the middle of the frame. This photograph is clearly missing a specific point of interest.

I have applied the rule of thirds to this image to enhance its visual strength. I lined up the Gruffalo’s eyes with the top horizontal line close to the top left visual hotspot. So now, the eyes are what is drawing your attention to this picture.

Here is another photograph of the characters form the Gruffalo book. Again the subject has been placed in the middle of the frame, or it even can be argued that there are too many subjects in this image. As a result, it is difficult to find the point of interest of this picture.

Using the rule of thirds, I decided to make the Gruffalo and the Mouse a specific point of interest of this photo. I lined them up along the right vertical intersection line. By placing the subjects near the visual hotspots , I think I have achieved much more pleasing effect.

The above image has been taken before applying the rule of thirds. Because the Fox is right in the middle of the frame it is actually hard to see the details.

To make this image more visually pleasing I decided to take a closer shot of the Fox to the previous one. I have also aligned fox’s eyes along the top horizontal intersection line.

Once more the subject of the image has been placed within the focus grid of the camera in the middle of the frame.

In the next photograph the Owl has been placed along the left vertical intersection line. The image is more pleasing to look at than the previous one with the subject placed in the middle of the frame.

Here is another character from the book, the Snake. The photo above has been taken before applying the rule of thirds.

Using the rule of third I have decided to capture the Snake from a bit closer. It was probably the most difficult character to photograph. I reckon that by taking this photo form close by I had a chance to focus on the Snake’s face, but also on the moss on the tree that in the previous photo wasn’t as visible.

Here is the last and probably the most important character from the book, the Mouse, captured in the traditional way.

By placing the mouse along the left vertical intersection line I was able to emphasize it on the picture, while in the previous image it was hard to decide what was the focus of  it.

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