Month: August 2017

Image of the Week – Geology and the rule of thirds

An undergraduate Geologist makes field notes on an Earth Science and Engineering field trip to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

When Geology and Geometry combine, it’s an image…

Image © Thomas Angus / Imperial College London  [Click Image to expand]

The cloud over head, the sun and the clear blue sky give a clue to the bizarre day this was, it was hot, clear, cloudy, cold, windy, raining and hailing all in the same morning. But active colourful and contrasty skies make for great images.

There’s a few things going on here to make the image work, first of all the eye will always lurch first to any red in an image (and yellows to a certain degree), classical painters used this to great effect to guide the eye, as do contemporary advertisers. This undergraduates hat is just the right portion of red, perfect, the eye knows where to look.

The hat is also positioned almost exactly on the top third intersection according to the rule of thirds, plus we also have physical leading lines to the same location, it’s almost impossible to look around the image without first looking at the student taking notes.

A wider shot from the morning with Imperial students taking over the bay.

The original image along with the others from this set are on the image library here.

What is the ‘Rule of Thirds’?

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Here is a short video exploring ‘the rule of thirds’ in photography on