The Rule of Thirds : Rule, Guideline, Myth?

The Rule of Thirds (RoT) is the most well known, oft-quoted, venerated and yet equally controversial composition technique in landscape photography. Review any list of compositional ‘top tips’ and it is a safe bet RoT will be high in the ranking.

Now, the very idea that a subject as dynamic, intricate, unpredictable and chaotic as the natural world could consistently be constrained and orientated into a grid sits at odds with me on several levels. Is anything that falls outside the ‘power points’ is poor photographic composition?

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