My original intend was to take this into black & white but that looked boring to me, the three way split is not obvious enough. I looked on my paint palette and quickly did three coloured washed on the background image. Much better. I also had a play with the OnOne cross processing pre-sets in lightroom (I still miss slide film) and felt the photo centre below was getting close to what I wanted. Then while typing this google+ backup has whisked away the photos and created a couple of HDR auto-awesomes. Now I have three slightly stronger images. The irony of all this is in trying to break the rules I have ended up with an offset pose that does in fact closely connect to the basic idea of putting the key points of interest on or close to the lines marking one third of the width or height. QED?
I’m not sure I will use any of these as my submission this week but I did have some fun. I think I will let Henri Cartier-Bresson have the final word -
“In applying the Golden Rule, the only pair of compasses at the photographers disposal is his own eye. Any geometrical analysis, any reducing of the picture to a schema, can be done only (because of its very nature) after the photograph has been taken, developed and printed – and then it can be used for a post mortem examination of the picture. I hope we will never see the day when photo shops sell little schema grills to clamp onto our viewfinder; the Golden Rule will never be found etched on our ground glass”
…extract from The Decisive Moment