What rules have I applied in photography that may have inhibited any personal expression?
Since, so far, I have never read any book on photography I am not limited by strict rules.
I have vaguely heard photographers talk about thirds... maybe the above scene in the mountains might be considered as abiding by those rules. I'm not even sure!
I know that in in any scene I take, I do like the feel of 'enough' sky in which to breathe!
However, if I had decided to take a close-up of a part of that chalet above, I might just have captured the porch and a window, or some other detail which pulled me in.
Does the above snowscene abide by any rules? If it does, then they happened by chance. I just know that the chalet, at first, seemed as if it was the focal point, but I needed that tuft of vegetation poking through the snow which gave the picture depth, it became the foreground detail which caught my eye. I didn't analyse it. The chalet has almost taken on a secondary importance because of the foreground detail.
I also like the tips of the planted hedge leading up to the silhouette of the tree
on the right which gives the scene a feeling of continuity.
The fact that the background disappears mysteriously into the mist gives me the feeling of a story being told
and I do love a little mystery with an untold story...
I know that I like to frame things, like the moon partially framed by the silhouette of the branches, but with freedom below so that the whole thing breathes.
Finally, I don't think that I have ever really been hemmed in by rules in photography, simply because I don't really know them.
I am a free spirit and I seem to rely on intuition more than what anyone might have told me.
Maybe I have internal rules rather than external ones?
Do they inhibit me in any way?
I will not answer now, but I will keep this in mind.... unless that free spirit takes over and wants to simply run and laugh and join in with the natural flow of life as I experience it in each moment.
I have tried to explore my rules, but realize that I don't seem to be following any!