I've heard it said that three is a magic number. Well, it's certainly the name of a tune sung by Blind Melon, but I'm not sure how magic that is. If you're a little lost don't feel bad, I had to look that last part up on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Is_a_Magic_Number). Even without looking something up I can reasonably say that three represents a lot of things. The periods in a hockey game, dimensions of space, and of course, the number of legs on a stool. Deeper words have rarely been written.
This is the kind of scenery you can find at Fort Desoto State Park in St Petersburg Florida. Its also an example of how I've developed a tendency to see scenes in letterbox vignettes, one at a time, all around me. In fact there were things to the right and left, but I imagined this one little vignette in my mind and so framed the shot. Sometimes I might need more and use a wide angle, but for this 50mm was enough to capture the image I wanted. Having a zoom lens really helps in this department.
This is also another view of the seawall that I posted a few days ago. It's a thirty minute drive north of me and one reason I like to come here is that I can bring my dog. Much of the shoreline in central Florida is off limits to dogs but this being a state park its pet friendly. There is a dog beach and places like this where you can walk with your best friend. So here I am; me, my bud and my camera, just the three of us. Magic.
The sun is setting and I'm at the beach. I have exactly three minutes left to find one more composition. Those are some of the thoughts going through my mind at moments like this, it's like a game and it can be a lot of frantic fun. Such was the case when I found myself behind some seagrass and a tree that created a kind of frame and just then these folks walked by. Click.
Framing an image is an important aspect of street photography. Find some interesting scene and wait for someone to walk through it. When people are in an image we tend to put ourselves into that scene whether we realize it or not. In this way artistic images have a way of pulling us out of ourselves.
My earlier landscapes almost never had people in them. Someone once pointed this out and I started to take notice. Now I'm not so concerned with finding landscapes without people, if I do great, but not required. So this resulted in a blending of my love of both street and landscape photography. Now when shooting landscapes I will often look for a frame and wait for someone to walk through it. In a long winded way this is the thinking that went into this image. It's a crossover of sorts.
My eye is always in the sky whenever I'm outside. I suppose that's a side effect of being a landscape photographer. It's my opinion that clouds are fifty percent of what makes an image interesting. That's a generalization and there are exceptions to every rule, but ninety percent of the time, clouds are fifty percent of the picture; photography by the numbers.
Of course I'm being a little facetious, art cannot be divided and multiplied. At least I don't think so. But I think art gives inspiration to ideas like mathematical theories. It's a side effect of how we work. We look at something abstract and try to make sense of it. We look at clouds and each see something different. I think abstractions give our subconscious an opportunity to communicate with our conscious selfs, only we don't realize it so we call it "sub-conscious", one of life's little ironies.
Back to the math. In photography we have something called the rule of thirds. Dividing the subjects on boundaries of one-third makes and image more interesting, so they say. Some of my images, like this, are a little more extreme. I'll call it my rule of tenths. One-tenth of stuff on the bottom and nine-tenths of abstract at the top. That way, my sub-conscious has more room. It's just a theory mind you, but you never know, I could be on to something.