This particular prompt gave me the most difficulty when it came to choosing a subject to convey my own interpretation of the theme, with the added challenge of staging the shot following the “rule of thirds”. I wanted to use this composition as most of my shots do not follow this rule (I tend to shoot single subjects with a depth of focus in not-so-conventional compositions) – after all, the purpose of participating in Photography 101 is to not only improve my photography skills but to step out of my comfort zone.
Solitude is something I’m very familiar with. As an introvert, I enjoy spending time in solitude, away from the noise of everyday life. I have only a very small group of humans that I can spend a lot of time with, otherwise it’s just me and my thoughts. Therefore, solitude doesn’t take a negative connotation in my mind; it’s rather one of the states that I’m most comfortable being in.
So how was I suppose to convey my contentedness in solitude with a photography using the rule of thirds? I had some ideas in my mind – pictures, subjects that I could possibly arrange. I read a lot, so how about one of my favourite books? Or my recently acquired terrarium, Bob? (Yes, we named our terrarium; he is the first of our future terrarium family). How about a food item? The couch? The lamp I sit under when I’m chilling out?
None of these actually translated well into a photo. Then I started to look externally. Some of the parks I like to walk around came to mind. I went and took some photos that I thought would work well, but when I got home they all lacked a certain something. I even went through hundreds of older photos, trying to find something that would fit the theme. But alas, it was a fruitless endeavour and in the end I lost my mojo and called it quits.
On Sunday, Mark and I took a stroll around our neighbourhood to get some fresh air and sunshine (the weather was pleasant, almost Spring-like). We were walking along one of the few man-made reservoir “lakes” in the community and came across a feisty West Highland Terrier in his backyard animatedly barking at a couple of ducks gliding on the half-frozen, half-thawed water. I took the opportunity to capture this scene. It’s not perfect, but I thought, this will do. It’s a couple of ducks enjoying the peaceful water, gliding together in this little piece of nature surrounded by a bunch of houses. And I think I got the rule of thirds mostly correct, with the birds in the center of the grid.
This post is part of Blogging U’s Photo 101 Class, where I’ll be posting a photo each weekday with an interpretation of the given theme.