With that in mind, I have decided to use a series of pictures I took of my photographer's assistant while on the beach with our two dogs Basil and Rosie last summer at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall. The background is rather busier than I think the exercise is asking for but I think they convey the point of the exercise...
This first image was an image taken to test lighting conditions without much thought to composition (which is actually quite difficult because I automatically tend to compose every time I put the viewfinder to my eye):
|Image 1 - Subject central/right side|
This next one has the subject central in the frame but in the lower half allowing the horizon to be near the top third line:
|2 - Subject central lower third|
|3 - Subject far left corner|
|4 - Subject left on thirds intersection|
This final image has the subject at the right of the frame in a vertical composition:
|5 - subject right|
The image that works best for me is image 4. The subject is on the intersection of thirds (following the 'rule of thirds') but also as she is looking right, you can follow her line of sight and you are led into the image. 1 and 5 look unbalanced with the subject on the right of the frame and are the worst of the images in my view. Image 2 os ok but a little boring. It is rescued somewhat by the horizon being in a pleasing place around the upper third intersection. Although image 3 doesn't follow the 'rules', it is actually quite an interesting composition I think because it accentuates the lovely location. That said, if I had followed the brief strictly and had an even background, it would look very unbalanced.