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A very big THANK YOU to Annette (annettep38) for her flowery User Award on my Silly Sunday image Grin

And Ed, I hadn’t heard of the EPZer Ruurd but thanks for mentioning him. I visited his pf and he’s got some super insect images!

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Now then, people, I know that there are these photographic “rules”. To me, most of them have merit especially in the right context. But there’s one I recently heard of which I find quite odd (pun fully intended). It’s the rule denouncing even numbers.

So let me get this straight…an utterly breathtaking landscape shot is destined for mediocrity because of that 4th windmill?

B*ll*cks. [oops…even number there Grin]

No idea where this photographic feng shui came from but I hope it doesn’t result in a lot of perfectly good shots being chucked.

Also, I think these “rules” should be conveyed as ‘guides’. Otherwise people coming into photography might think that the rules are the be all and end all of what makes good photography. The result? Creativity loses its wings. Tragic stuff.

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Ok…rant over Grin Grin

Here are two troublemakers photographed on my driveway a few years ago.


Andrew…
…a.k.a. Rebel with a Cause Wink

Camera:Canon PowerShot A630
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:21.7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program Mode
White Balance:Auto
Title:Evening the Odds
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:3 Oct 2013 - 11:05 AM
Tags:Double, Duo, Flowers & plants, Periwinkles, Twin, Two
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 11:23 AM

Rules are made to be broken, Andrew, as you have so well proved with this wonderful image WinkWinkWink Carol

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 11:26 AM

Your rant is approved and much appreciated, Andrew.
As are your comments on my mannequin this morning.

Quote: B*ll*cks. [oops…even number there Smile]

But I must point out that B/c/k/s only occur once each Blush
Wink
Regards
Bill

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 11:38 AM


Quote: Your rant is approved and much appreciated, Andrew.
As are your comments on my mannequin this morning.
B*ll*cks. [oops…even number there Smile]
But I must point out that B/c/k/s only occur once each Blush
Wink
Regards
Bill

Lol...well pointed out about the B/c/k/s Grin

But the subjects themselves are (generally) binary Wink

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Oct 2013 - 11:48 AM

Where do I sign to join your cause Andrew !! love your 'rant ' here Smile We also have these flowers - such hardy little things they are ! A super image - just a pity there were not three - or maybe five or even seven flowers Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 11:56 AM


Quote: Where do I sign to join your cause Andrew !! love your 'rant ' here Smile We also have these flowers - such hardy little things they are ! A super image - just a pity there were not three - or maybe five or even seven flowers Smile

Hardy they are! They grow from cracks in drains and wherever. I love periwinkles Smile Haven't seen this spotty one for years, though.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 12:03 PM

Andrew you have put your point over very eloquently and I could not agree more - anyway your image has a very satisfying symmetry to it, even the leaves around each flower are similar.SmileSmileSmileSmile
Carole

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 12:08 PM


Quote: Andrew you have put your point over very eloquently and I could not agree more - anyway your image has a very satisfying symmetry to it, even the leaves around each flower are similar.SmileSmileSmileSmile
Carole

Omg...good eyes, Carole...I hadn't noticed how similarly arranged are the leaves around the flowers!...lol Blush

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 12:19 PM

I do love white flowers against dark green backgrounds. Especially when they're so pretty and there's two of them. SmileSmileSmile

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 12:46 PM

love it

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 1:06 PM

YAY! Pair-fect!!!

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 - 1:46 PM

Shot....

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 1:51 PM

Andrew,when I am out looking for my rust and I see an even number of rusty bolts,I cut one off with my hacksaw I carry.
AYE,THAT WILL BE SHINING BRIGHT !!
And when I go for my next X-RAY at the hospital,
I pray to GOD the radiographer is NOT a photographer !!
Mick.

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 1:56 PM

Lovely detail and composition. Don't know about photography, but the 'avoid even numbers' rule certainly works for planting in small gardensWink

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franken
franken e2 Member 113048 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 1:56 PM

Very nice image Andrew.

Ken.

ps, I can remember my photography tutor telling me many decades ago that there are no rules in photography only guides and he was and still is correct.

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 2:26 PM

Break all the rules that's what makes life fun............ a super capture here Andrew.Smile

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 3:07 PM

never mind those rules, This is a very endearing image!

sharp and clear as well!

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
3 Oct 2013 - 3:08 PM

Excellently captured and presented!!!
Effrossini

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 4:50 PM

It's not only photography that's odd Andrew - when entering cookery items at Shows it usually specifies 3's or sometimes 5's. Let's all start getting even Tongue
Your little white flowers are lovely against the dark green foliage.
Joan.

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richmowil
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3 Oct 2013 - 5:52 PM

Nice Image!! I Like it a lot!!

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 6:22 PM

Love everything about this image. The way the low light has allowed the colours to take a star roll is wonderful. The comp' is just perfect in its simplicity.

John Smile

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 7:05 PM

It's worth knowing about the so-called rules (oops, sorry, guidelines) and then you can successfully and purposefully go about breaking them, as you have here, and very nicely, too.

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TyChee
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3 Oct 2013 - 8:05 PM

Beautiful shot.
Ty

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 - 8:40 PM

Read your rant Andrew and loved all the comments. I agree rules are meant to be broken. Love your pair. Cathy

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Michaela_Solway
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3 Oct 2013 - 9:05 PM

Stunning image.. Pure & classy.. Excellent as always Andrew..good rant too!

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 8:06 AM

Pretty flowers, pretty image!
Wholeheartedly agree with you ".......Also, I think these “rules” should be conveyed as ‘guides’. Otherwise people coming into photography might think that the rules are the be all and end all of what makes good photography. The result? Creativity loses its wings. Tragic stuff....."

Lavina

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 7:48 PM

Rules????? WHAT RULES? You mean that someone says what we should do when we purchase a camera? They say what we can do? What we can take and what we cant? Who is this preposterous photographic monster?......
Send the beast to be beheaded at onceWink

Darn..... you have got me at it, Andrew.... do what you wantWink I doGrin sometimesWink
Diane

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4 Oct 2013 - 7:49 PM

Hey... love the picGrin

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 8:48 PM

I voted yesterday but wanted to have a think about the questions raised. I don't like 'rules' either, but I prefer to think of them as safety nets. Like the Rule of Thirds, the Rule of Uneven Numbers will help you avoid unnecessary disasters, it will produce a nice, satisfying, balanced picture that doesn't ask any questions or pose any challenge. Help you, mind - not guarantee it...
I like pictures that ask questions, make me think, but they are harder to come by. Because you have to chuck the rules out of the window.
This is rather like a double portrait of children, very difficult to carry off. Two little faces both pleading 'Look at me, it's all about me, I'm the interesting one'. But they are perfectly balanced although they wouldn't admit it. Just enough differences for individuality and character.
And it does work.
Moira

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2013 - 9:16 PM

I think having a pair of flowers in this shot rules you out of winning a photograhic competition then!Smile What a load of old nonsense these camera club judges come up with, such bores they are a bit like the wallies who govern us and run most of our sporting organisations!

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AlexAppleby

Absolutely love what you have to say and totally agree with it. Thanks so much for putting into words (and pictures) everything I have been wanting to say myself. You are a hero!!!

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