Brown Pelican Eye-Ball Shot - La Jolla, California
Nikon D5, 180-400mm f/4.0 at 550mm, f/8.0, 1/250sec, ISO 1600.
I always tend to unusual compositions. While I recognize the importance of convention like the rule of thirds, I figure those rules as just as meant to be broken as enforced. As long as the image works, I'm good with breaking rules.
In this case, the subject is on the right third of the image looking towards the short side. In other words, most of the stuff on the left is dead space waiting for something. In fact, the lack of detail is its own interest. The viewer might even wonder what's the dark subject to the left. Doesn't matter, the tension is important and bucking the rules adds a good amount of tension.
Another aspect that makes this image is the eye-ball is tact sharp. If that wasn't the case, the whole image wouldn't work out. With a sharp image, that's where the eye goes. It's a complete eye-magnetic. Since the eye-ball is so compelling, it tends to make the purpose for looking into the frame OBE. In other words, the tension works.
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