In today's contest, we are going to think outside the box. Photography, or any art form, remains a subjective discipline.

As Pablo Picasso once said:

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

In this context, the quote means that, in order to be different from the majority of photographers, in order to create your own unique style, you need to first thoroughly understand the rules that govern the art of photography. Only by knowing the rules, you can effectively break them and take creative shots that nobody else thought of.

But what rules are we talking about here? There are dozens. Don't cut off limbs, the rule of thirds, symmetry, the rule of odds, making sure the frame is filled and you have the subject focused, having negative space, ... And many more.

Put your thinking hat on and get creative! Ignore the rules, do what you consider to be optimal!

Good luck!

Suggested by Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16Gold award
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1 out of 25

Rule of Visual Space created by Olga.L

The rule is to always have good visual space in front of the direction that the subject is moving. The rule has been broken with this composition.

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Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen

The shades of green are beautifully in harmony. The photo itself confuses the slope. very well done.

filantrop avatarLevel 8
filantrop

Congratulation!

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to filantrop :

Thank you kindly.

George55 avatarLevel 9
George55

Congratulations...

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to George55 :

Thank you George.

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
Vibeke

Congratulations

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you Vibeke.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Congratulations on first place Olga.L!

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you Eggs.

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
Zizounai

Congrats for this array of excellence 😍

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Merci beaucoup mi querida amiga.

photonut avatarLevel 10Happy award
photonut

Agree with that,but still tells a story and visually a nice human interest photo.

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to photonut :

Thank you.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10Together awardTogether award
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

yes... a really nice shot. The more I look at it the more I actually like it. Good job..I'm glad you did it this way. I pictured it the "right way" and it did not work,It just seemed ordinary.

Olga.L avatarLevel 16Silver award
Marleen avatarLevel 11Together award
Marleen

Even though you can't see her face, she still radiates strength and security.

George55 avatarLevel 9
George55

Congratulations...

filantrop avatarLevel 8
filantrop

Congratulation!

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to filantrop :

Thank you fillantrop.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Congratulations on second place as well Olga.L!

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you sweet omelette.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1

Nice shot anyway. The colors,design and lines are beautiful

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
Vibeke

Beautiful

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

I like this but does want to see her front the front.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10Heart award
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3 out of 25

Unspecified specimen created by Wayne-Cheah

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

Many rules were broken but the end result is quite eye-grabbing. The patterns of pillars that repeat, your sharp focus, and great tonal contrasts but what transforms this into "art" for me is that feeling of mystery. This has an emotive pull that asks us to study the image closer. You have given us clues...it is a wedding, they are together and the two coloured hands holding onto each other pointing in an exciting line upwards. There is a story here, there is art here and kudos to you for spotting this shot.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Thanks; couldn't have said it better myself :)

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
Vibeke

I really like this one. Well spotted.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
Wayne-Cheah replied to Vibeke :

Thanks, Vibeke.

George55 avatarLevel 9
George55

Congratulations....

filantrop avatarLevel 8
filantrop

Congratulation!

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Congratulations on second place Wayne-Cheah!

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
Wayne-Cheah

Rules Broken:-

(1) Amputation;

(2) Negative space "behind" the subject matter.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Wayne-Cheah :

In your defense it does have some good rules going for it.
Perspective with the leading lines to the left, a very crisp shot, and beautiful colors.
Please tell me you took more shots and got them in view? It would have been an amazing pic.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
Wayne-Cheah replied to grasshopper1 :

LOL, I am not a wedding photographer. This is a "stolen" shot. The official photographer is on the other side of the pillars taking a frontal shot. So, sorry to disappoint.

Vibeke avatarLevel 9Bronze award
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Avoid distracting backgrounds. created by Vibeke

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

There is no distracting background here. The background adds to a wonderful story of fun and frolic and this post made me laugh and I kept coming back to it ..........to smile. What a spontaneous image you have caught and it is all perfect...nothing distracting about it at all.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut

Lockdown breakout was it,quite funny as well

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
Vibeke replied to photonut :

Thank you, it was a memorial get together for a family member.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10Silver award
grasshopper1 replied to Vibeke :

Oh wow..so sorry.. I guess they were mourning, and not partying.
So the front person is ready to grab the camera person,the second one is crying hysterically, and the background one is getting ready to toss the can over her shoulder when done and then come forward to throw down on someone.
Rough crowd ...disregard the..." hanging out" comment.

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
Vibeke replied to grasshopper1 :

Absolutely no reason to apologise, we are celebrating a good guys life.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Vibeke :

Thanks..still my kind of crowd:)

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Vibeke :

not so funny then,hope everything went okay then

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
Vibeke replied to photonut :

Thank you it was a god day, sad too of course, but lots of good memories.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1

That's pretty funny.I wouldn't mine hanging with them...fun group.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10Hug award
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Jumanji created by grasshopper1

Breaking: s ‘leading’, ‘nose room’ or ‘leading space’. The lead room principle means that when framing a subject, a well-composed image will have a negative space in the direction that the subject is facing. oops :)

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Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen

Beautiful photo and fascinating story.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Marleen :

Thank you

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

There are so many things to love about your post. First, I love the title and it matches your post for indeed you look like you are lost in a forest.....second.....shooting through those branches really gives the feeling of "jungle". The colours warm and inviting. Technically the tones and contrasts are well done, your aperture softens in back and front but the main subject is sharp as a pin. That brings us to the compositional style and breaking the rule. For my eyes this image works because the story is of an explorer who comes from 'away' and is using his compass to go forward, but what an adventure you had from whence you came from ! Lead Room Principle take THAT!

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

Thank you .That is what I was exactly what I was trying to do .He is my son Remington. I was on the path and he was about 90 to 100 yds out into the trees.
Little did we know that 3 month later we'd be out there again,but this time lost in the middle of a major storm for 8 hrs. It took two rescue helicopters and a score of people to find us.(end of last year)

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

HOLY GUACAMOLE....now listen here. There is a creative writing site on Grepless. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE....can you write up your story, and include some photos and send to Staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. I would love to know more...and yes, this photo works for me.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

I was able to take photos of the rescue copters and one of Remington holding on to a tree crying and exhausted. He felt really bad he got me into this me and that we were going to die. Well I was going to die,I couldn't climb a tree and he eventually did,left me for gator and snake bait. OK I'll try.I hadn't been able to talk about it too much till recently,so maybe it will be good therapy.

Olga.L avatarLevel 16Hug award
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Avoid Direct Downward Harsh Lighting created by Olga.L

🤪 to that rule!

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Unless you want to photograph interesting shadows which enhance your subject. Looks great to me.

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10Gold award
grasshopper1

Yea maybe line broken... but it works. I think it's a very nice shot and would have been a regular shot had it been level. (Just my opinion). I think if it were mine, I'd try to work on lightening her face a tad and/or sharpen it some to. She is very pretty and i would try to contrast that to the hard work she is performing. Lovely perspective and quick eye for beauty.
Also I might crop out the tree behind her. That would steepen the walk,pull more focus on her, and put it the rule of third comp.,,which I think would work well with this shot.
I like it just the same..good job.

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

I appreciate this in depth review , thank you for taking the time.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to self:

OK...I think now...maybe not crop it but replace that tree branch with clouds. The actual framing of the image seems perfect.

Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen

Zeer mooie foto, wat betreft kleur, maar ook de eenvoud.

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to Marleen :

Muchisssimas Gracias or дякую .

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
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Never AMPUTATE the head created by Olga.L

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
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Cycling away created by Zizounai

Sorry I cut the boy's forehead, his shoe, his arms, Sorry you can only see a part of a handlebar and guess this is a bike, Sorry you can't see where he is going to, nor where he comes from... Sorry the background is all topsy-turvy, hope it doesn't make you sea sick.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16Silver awardGold award
Olga.L

You can stop apologizing for this photo with broken rules for it works! It is art and an emotive element is there for eyes. It is that dynamic yet invisible line cutting on a diagonal, slashing its way through this photograph that draws the viewer. The line from his face cuts down to the bright spot on his yellow shoe....bright high contrasty areas always draw our eyes...that is brilliant, hot red colour on sweater (you couldn't have asked for a better colour). The yellow line holds us in this compressed space and the horizon line with topsy turvy turbulence adds to the sense of excitement. A small hint of handlebar is perfect to complete the story. Not only do I give you two thumbs up I give you ten thumbs up. It is an excellent image through and through.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

That facial expression is priceless.

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
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Sunday walk created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16Diamond awardGold award
Olga.L

There are just so many things wrong with this entry that I can't stop looking at it and it feels just so right! That is the "photographic ping" we are looking for....wrong, yet so right. I love the two men standing at the side giving strength to the shot and how that was juxtaposed against the smallness of the buildings in the distance. It makes "man" feel important in the photo, Had you cut them off at their knees it would have been another major faux pax because the rule says never to amputate at the joints, just in case you want to try another shot like this. The texture of the gray pavement is lovely to the eyes and then the smooth well positioned buildings in the distance soften the grittiness. The smallness of the people in the distance adds spice to the story, they add life! This is a great entry and a great learning lesson for me. Two thumbs up up !

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

What rule of photography are you breaking?

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

I broke several rules here.
#3 Don't Place The Horizon In The Middle Of The Frame
#5 Rule Of Odds (you can count 4 legs)
#10: Don't Cut Off Limbs 😋

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Zizounai :

Then...nice job!

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
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Tommy can you see me? created by Zizounai

#1 Never place the horizon line in the middle #2 When you have an horizon line keep it horizontal #3 Never shoot a black cat around noon #4 Overexposed windows are ugly

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

With all the rules you have broken you have managed to pull us into the world of your cat! Especially great that Tommy is looking at you (us) and I find the overexposed "ugly" windows, not at all disturbing for they are not hot, not blown out, looks like a diffused light. The hues of warm wood the gold of Tommy's eyes the very low POV works. Tommy is soft, but we understand that he is on the move, we see where he lives and this provides us with a visual story. Purrrrrrrfect.

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Mewwwww 😺

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
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Beautiful Sunrise created by grasshopper1

Rules broken: Main light light source in the rear. Fence is along center line. Subject in the center. Subject head turned. I was trying to show that the sunrise, at that moment, was so stunning that the bird turn around to watch it.:)

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

I find your entry so esthetically pleasing that I had to come back to it several times to study it and every time I was captivated by it. Yes, you have broken plenty of rules of photography but you have created art with this piece. What serendipity that the bird turned to look at the sun just as you clicked! There is an emotive feel coming from your picture, the feeling of warmth, of expectation. It is minimalist in presentation and artistic. Art is very subjective and debatable but you have no debate from me. On a technical level your sensor is clean there are no dust spots which clearly shows you are a caring photographer who creates rather than shoots. Focus is pin-sharp on her feathers. I do have a suggestion for you: you need to matt this, frame it, sign it and hang it up. Lovely lovely lovely. Thank you.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga...your so sweet. and being a big fan of your work and it's quality, I'm humbled . :)

Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen

Beautiful in all simplicity. If there was still snow now, it would be a typical Christmas postcard in the 1960s. Nostalgia!

photonut avatarLevel 10
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Dragon Racing created by photonut

Taken at a dragon racing event a couple of years ago[did not happen last year] and probarly not this year,this is not allowing space in front for something to go into[not the best description] not the best at that,did take loads more photos though where i did have more space in front.

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Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen

De blauwe kleur van de boot is mooi, evenals de kleurrijke vrouw. Het mooiste van alles is het stoeltje

filantrop avatarLevel 8
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Reflection. created by filantrop

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

What rule of photography are you breaking......amputation?

filantrop avatarLevel 8
filantrop replied to Olga.L :

Yes.

Merlin avatarLevel 10
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Never face the sun! created by Merlin

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16Happy awardGold award
Olga.L

You have created an amazing dramatic image by breaking that rule. The composition is wonderful showcasing the shadow and the flares from the sun further frame the subject. You have actually broken two rules because you shot the backside of that woman and usually, the rules say not to...bahhh to them. You were thoughtful in your composition for you have good negative space on either side, a very solid well-balanced piece and a great learning lesson. We need to have a sun flare contest and tomorrow I will look at the sun completely differently thanks to your inspirational post. Thank you.

Merlin avatarLevel 10
Merlin replied to Olga.L :

Merci, Olga! ;o))

photonut avatarLevel 10
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Help,anybody seen my hands created by photonut

Taken at a street event,one i took quick,though do have ones with all of him in.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

Love the expression you caught.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Yes it was a fun event and took loads of photos,thats what i missed last year and looks like at least half of this years,goint to various events and the interaction with people at them.

Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen replied to photonut :

The face is striking enough, this man has fun even without hands.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1

or.... "guess which hand has the knife?"
It is an unusual and pretty cool shot anyway.

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
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Springtime countryside created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

What rule of photography are you breaking?

Zizounai avatarLevel 13
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for asking Olga! I think I broke the first rule, the number one rule, the rule of thirds here!
As written in the instruction link "Don't just follow the rule of thirds. Look for interesting shapes in your compositions. Whether you are photographing a mountain at sunset or a child at dawn, a photo is made up of a series of shapes and lines. Arrange them to create something…symmetry, leading lines, triangles. Try balancing your composition, then try unbalancing it. This is what an experienced photographer means when they say work the shot."

Diamite avatarLevel 9
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Age gone by created by Diamite

Your eye naturally wants to go to back ground, but the train curves around, highling both bridges going in different directions . Not so happy with arm of a passenger in what looks like a shell suit jacket, from the 80s lol

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

What rule of photography are you breaking?

Diamite avatarLevel 9
Diamite replied to Olga.L :

I thought composition?

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
Wayne-Cheah replied to Diamite :

Which composition rule?

photonut avatarLevel 10
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Just Like That created by photonut

Taken at a street festival and although i do have other photos of this lady in full and much better,this one reminded me of the late great tommy cooper[look him up] and one of his sayings was JUST LIKE THAT.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

I looked him up too and you are dating yourself. Is this from where you get your great sense of humour or were you just born that way! Good catch....just like that!

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

don,t no about that,like sharing humour and thats another thing missed last year.

grasshopper1 avatarLevel 10
grasshopper1

I did check him out and your right..very similar. I learned something new about someone. Thanks for the pic. He seemed to be a very talented and well liked guy.

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to grasshopper1 :

thanks and yes he was.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
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Entry without name created by Wayne-Cheah

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Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 10
Wayne-Cheah

Breaking the Rules of:-

(1) moving objects should move "into" the frame and not moving "out";

(2) not "cutting" the frame into equal half;

(3) having the "negative space" in front of the subject matter.

Marleen avatarLevel 11
Marleen replied to Wayne-Cheah :

A photo where everyone can tell their own story. Who's leaving? Why so fast? and where to. Fascinating enough to build a story around it.

Vibeke avatarLevel 9
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Don't shoot into the sun. created by Vibeke

Marleen avatarLevel 11
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The wild sea or the sky? created by Marleen

Sometimes breaking the rules leads to compelling results.

photonut avatarLevel 10
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Powerboat created by photonut

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Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L

What rule of photography are you breaking?

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Filling the frame in this

Marleen avatarLevel 11
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Holiday photo that disturbed the peace in my head created by Marleen

Normally you get a certain peace of mind when you look at the pictures again, but with this chaos you get a certain stress, nothing is correct here: no specific object, no account of the sun, no line, no center ...

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IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

UTTER CHAOS! :D

Olga.L avatarLevel 16
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

Agreed. Utter chaos.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 8
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Every Rule in the Book created by MyMindsEye

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

I have taken worse ones, believe me. At least you can still see this is the ocean. When you break every rule in the book, all you get is a black underexposed shot which can't be salvaged.

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