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05/05/2015 10:37:33 PM · #1
Take a photo that uses this "golden rule" of composition.
05/05/2015 10:50:46 PM · #2
I know the "golden rectangle" version -- what "rule" is this one?
05/05/2015 10:55:44 PM · #3
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I know the "golden rectangle" version -- what "rule" is this one?

It's a diagonally-oriented composition built around golden section proportions:

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05/05/2015 11:33:20 PM · #4
Thanks! Is the sweet spot where the unencumbered dots are, the vertices, or somewhere else?

Message edited by author 2015-05-05 23:33:55.
05/06/2015 05:32:30 AM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Thanks! Is the sweet spot where the unencumbered dots are, the vertices, or somewhere else?

Typically, the composition will flow diagonally from corner-to-corner and there will be a second diagonal intersecting that at right angles, OR there will be a dominant diagonal with the subject protruding above/below that diagonal from one of the two intersection points. It's a pretty loose compositional guide, really; sometimes the diagonals are just implied.

Confusingly, there's an actual "golden triangle" which is an isosceles triangle whose base is half the length of its sides:

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Note that this triangle is the implied isosceles triangle that repeats inside a pentagram, and gives us the geometry of DaVinci's famed "Vitruvian Man":

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I'm not even sure which one the OP is suggesting we use...
05/06/2015 07:43:23 AM · #6
I was referring to the composition rule for photography, not the mathematic one.

It's like rule of thirds, but for images with a diagonal element. You frame up your subject either along one of the diagonals, or in one of the triangles.

Further, you can use it as a quick visual aid to figure out where the phi grid sweet spots are (or "golden rectangles").

I was thinking of the triangle for framing, though, as a challenge.

It is a composition technique I rarely use, just because rule of thirds is easier for me to visualize. But I want to improve at it. Thought perhaps, others would find it challenging as well.
05/06/2015 12:48:03 PM · #7
The mathematic one is what makes the photographic one??? They are one in the same applied to photography???
05/06/2015 01:12:42 PM · #8
Sort of- they are based off of the phi number... Can't remember exact digits but 1.6 something.

The pentagram triangle is often used in drawing.
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