In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”
I usually keep the rule of thirds in mind when I design a watercolor painting, but haven’t much thought of it for photography. Mostly because of the limited aperature control in my camera, or perhaps I should go back to the manual to check more about the aperature mode that I do have. I may not be doing all the camera is capable of.
Anyhow, I chose a lightweight cement mortar sculpture that I had done some years ago, and used it as my subject. The lightweight mortar is composed of portland cement and vermiculite. The latter is a mineral much, much lighter weight than sand, and if you cast a block of this mortar and wait some 4 or 5 hours for it to stiffen to semi-rigid, you can then carve it with a knife and smooth the surfaces with woodworking rasps. After it hardens in about 24 hours it is smooth and hard as regular mortar, but easier to move about.
I set the aperture to an F of 3.3, but didn’t seem to get much of a reduction in field of view focus. However, I used an Edge Blur effect in iPhoto, and that gave a good result, I think.