Thursday’s Special: Breaking the Rules

When I came up with the theme for today’s challenge I was thinking about breaking photographic rules like the rule of thirds, taking unfocused photos, holding camera on an angle, experimenting with framing, or the rule that I most definitely broke – the rule of creating active space for moving subject to move into.

If you are photographing a subject that is moving you should place more empty space in front of it than behind it. This gives the viewer of the image a sense of where the subject is moving and creates a sense of anticipation.

While following this rule can produce some excellent results, breaking it can add a little tension and intrigue to your images. It can also convey a sense of speed and/or give the viewer a sense of where the subject has been rather than where they are headed.



diagonal swan


If you are not a photographic rule breaker, feel free to post your different take on the theme. I look forward to seeing your results. Happy Thursday!




Click on the links bellow to check out the entries:


Debbie broke the rules

Irene’s rules to be broken

Stave Church at Norwegian Folk Museum

Ese’s Rule Breaker πŸ™‚

Sonya’s breaking the rules

Β Klara’s take on BTR

Β Patricia’s rule breaker

Β Running Ostrich and Ngong Hills

Β Playing till MeltingΒ 

Β Breaking the rules by Anna

Β Outlaws

Β Only Footprints

74 Comments on “Thursday’s Special: Breaking the Rules

  1. I’m singing along! πŸ™‚ Just relieved to hear from you, though I know you’re not well. Magical shot, as ever, Paula. Doubt I’ll take part this week. I don’t know the rules well enough to break them. Sending yo smiles πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I can’t do much else.


  2. In this case breaking the rule, seems to give the benefits expected from following the rule. Having part of the wings outside the frame further enhances the feeling of urgency and subject leaving the scene.


    • Thanks a lot Jussi. I felt the drama in this frame as we don’t know if he is going to hug or eat somebody πŸ˜‰


  3. This is all new ground to me – but very fascinating, Paula. I’m like Jo, I don’t know the rules very well to begin with. But your photo is so dramatic, and you’ve explained it all so well, you have definitely given me food for thought if not for a post. A big hug.


  4. Hi Paula. That’s a great example of breaking the rules to good effect. My post will appear shortly, but it’s a more literal interpretation of rule breaking, as I was feeling lazy!


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  6. Breaking the rules is something we need to do at some stage. All part of the photographic journey.
    I like your shot. It looks like it’s running away from the water. πŸ™‚


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  9. What a lovely shot, Paula. I can feel his urgency to move! Don’t know if I’ll have time to enter but love the challenge! Some rules are made to be broken! πŸ˜‰


  10. I love the idea of breaking the rules, Paula. I remember making some photos with movements, whilst following Photo 101 last year, that were not delivering what was asked. I’ll take a look at them and see if it is worth posting it.
    Love the music and your photo.


            • Your collection has put a few smiles on my face: the kids (a very successful shot), the swan (fantastic), the feet (the most fun), and the birds – brilliant. Thank you, thank you.

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              • I’m so happy you liked it. It took me a while to go through my not yet officially rejected but ignored photos and find these ones I had forgotten.
                Your prompt was brilliant and served me to learn another lesson about photography. I don’t really know many rules as an amateur, and that photo 101 course was no course, so I just reminded myself after choosing these that creativity has no rules.
                And I don’t like rules anyways.
                Thank you, for organizing clever and fun challenges.


                • I am no photographer either, I am what you would call enthusiastic amateur with the ambition of getting better and better not to please others or to act by the rules but to please myself – I am not easily pleased. Obrigada Lucile πŸ™‚

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                  • I could grasp that because what you do is of high quality and you have a sensitive and trained eye. But… Being professional doesn’t mean being perfect and perfection is not synonym for beauty isn’t it?
                    Knowing that you’re not easily pleased makes your compliments exponentially more valuable! Thanks.


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  12. It’s amazing how creative one can get with composition. This one is as unconventional as it gets and the result is excellent! Great job Paula.


  13. I peaked yesterday at today’s topic (nista-nas-ne-smije-iznenaditi :-)) and picked a photo. Of someone breaking a rule. But, as it was in a way repetition of something I already posted, after reading your post today and your suggestion/interpretation of the topic, I decided to change. And here is what I came up with:
    was your photo accidentally taken that way? ( the swan too fast maybe). I like it this way. very harmonious photo – even color coordinated.


    • Thank you, Klara. I have quite a few photos of the same swan. This capture was intentional πŸ˜€ Good for you for noticing the harmony in colour πŸ™‚


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  16. Voglio mandarti anch’o una foto , ma ho fatto tre tentativi e il mio tablet non funziona……
    Intanto , complimenti per il post!


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  19. Go for it! Defy all of those so called rules! Robert Bateman has done it often with his paintings to remarkable success. Many time he has positioned birds and other animals near the edges of his pieces, and facing away from the viewer.


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