But rules are meant to be broken right. Below are a couple examples that break this “rule” and do it with style.
Turners Rain.Steam & Speed was a somewhat of an avant-guard over the top image at the time. Its use of colour and strong atmospheric effects that predate the French impressionist but in some ways his attempts to represent pure light leads the way for them to follow. In any event turner has an intuitive sense of good composition, for example the train engine is located at the golden mean point (both horizontally vertically the ratio of distance along that axis is 1: 1.6 that divine proportion. I don’t think he used callipers, I think he just knew where to position it. It is worth clicking on this thumbnail to see the enlarged image. Can you see the hare trying to get away from the train?
Ken Duncan's peaceful waters image breaks a few rules, eg strong lines and symmetrical placement but it is also truly wonderful. The eye is very definitely drawn in by the converging lines and the bollards on the end of the wharf and rocky outcrop with a silhouetted tree give plenty for an exploring eye to investigate but it is the colours that gives the real wow factor. It has become the “inspiration” for many many similar images. It is worth clicking on the image and find out just how it came about.