Clam Beach, CA
I first learned of the “rule of thirds” about a year ago, I think. It really struck me as a way to start to see photographs before I actually took them. I found the setting on my camera for the grid and I have used it ever since. Of course, I am still really green and need practice and there are moments where breaking the rules in the face of creativity make sense too.
This past Friday evening I was admiring the sounds of the waves and watching my boys instantly grounding themselves in the sand and moment, shoes thrown behind them, sand slowly sifting between their layers of clothes, their bodies flinging this way and that in a child-like dance fit for an ocean king. I looked up to see my husband farther down the beach waking towards a rock that was sticking out of the sand, his gate steady, his eyes fixed on the purples and pinks of the drifting into sleep horizon. He stopped at the base of the rock, not wanting to take his gaze from what was in front of him I suppose. I raised my camera, seeing the opportunity in front of me.
The beach, empty, the lingering hues of the sunset still strong enough to take your breath for a while, his silhouette soon stepped up on to the rock, still, in thought and wonder at what was before him. I lined up this image with his shoulders at the cross-hairs of the lower right third quadrant of my grid, the moon although faint lined up along that right third axis as well. Simply a moment I am so thankful to have captured.
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