It has been a few months since I last took part in a photo challenge as I have been chaotically busy. August’s theme for A Lilhoohaa’s photo challenge was all about a rule of thirds so I thought that I should try and take part.

My photography style generally doesn’t fit the rule of thirds – I try to capture pure emotion and colour rather than using composition of a photo to make it more exciting. I do not shy though from trying to push my skills so this was a perfect theme for me to experiment with.

Basically the rule says that when you take a photo that to make it more exciting by setting up the focus or lines of the image with imagined lines that split the image into 9 equal parts.

rainbow flag at brighton pride being wavedI started doing photography covering events and I still love to capture amazing events throughout Brighton. Pride in Brighton is the biggest event for the city – every year the excitement slowly builds up till the parade and party.

This year after a bomb scare I had to change from a perfect photo location to one facing the bright sun. For me this meant that a lot of my photography was based at a much lower height or I got what happened here with a burst of light across the photo. For this photo though I loved how it made the colours of the flag almost glow as well as show the burning sun that gave many of the waiting crowds vivid red sun burn.

Sleeping dog with only feet in focusFor my second post I had to include this photograph from where I dog sat for 4 days. While I got a number of beautiful photos of him, this is the best rule of third photo of him as he snoozed on the sofa.

Everyone tells me how hard black dogs are but I love how vivid they are compared to everything around them and in this photo, despite being very blurred in the background he still stands out perfectly.

lemon pie cupcake on a wooden tableThis month I have started taking part in a blogging challenge to celebrate the return of the Bake Off so I have been baking again. This has included my famous lemon pie recipe – which I will be sharing later this week. Capturing these delicious treats has been fun and a great chance to experiment with using the rule of thirds.


glass ring on a wooden table

I love jewelry – a lot of mine has a story behind why it means so much to me. This one was purchased from Camden not long after Christmas at a moment when I was feeling low. It seemed to be my way of thinking of wishing upon a star and still makes me smile. I love how it shines and sparkles in every but it seems to change in every different type of light almost glowing in the sunlight.

yellow daisyThe last photo for me is my favourite from this challenge – it is definatly the most simple but that in a way captures the flower’s beauty. Playing with the light to capture this flower was fun with out the use of light boxes or other lamps was fun and exciting all while trying to get that dramatic use of the rule of thirds. I also love this photo for another reason – this is from a bunch of flowers that BF got me. He gets me flowers occasionally and this time he got me a mix of these daisy like flowers in bright red and yellow.

I adore flowers but this bright yellow one seems to just dazzle against the grey background and makes me smile every time I see it.

So these are this month’s photos – do you like them? Do you like using the rule of thirds? What is your favourite photo that follows this rule? Will you try this composition rule on your photography? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear from you and see your photos!


Annabelle has lived in Exeter, Bournemouth and London but now live in Brighton as a freelancer. With a love of baking, sewing and social media, she is now starting her own blog.


lisa · September 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

I absolutely like them! I especially love the pupper shot and the gorgeous, golden daisy flower. And blogging and baking? What a great combination! 🙂

    Annabelle Spender · September 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks 😀 I am really proud of how well some of my photos came out this month.

Kathy M. · September 1, 2015 at 10:55 pm

The flower is my favorite as well, but they are all nice 🙂

    Annabelle Spender · September 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks! It is surprising just how effective natural light can be sometimes!

Lori · September 2, 2015 at 12:53 am

i live your little puppy paws shot! Ingeniously cute!

    Annabelle Spender · September 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Awww thanks! I wish he was mine so I could photograph him more often!

Denise / Mrs. GeoK · September 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

I enjoyed your entire post – glad you joined us this month! Your careful placement of the lemon pie and wish-upon-a-star ring relative to the knots on wooden background adds some very subtle tension/balance. And the turquoise and yellow in the background behind the dog – genius! Looking forward to spending a bit of time looking through some of your other posts later this morning.

    Annabelle Spender · September 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks 😁 I must admit I fell in love with the dog photo myself when setting it up as the colours looked incredible in the background.

Fiona Louise · September 3, 2015 at 7:27 am

Love your photos, fabulous! I lived in Brighton for almost 5 years, looooooved it!

    Annabelle Spender · September 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Awww thanks! There are so many things to photograph here so it is great

Clare Barton · September 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

Yes, I do love all your photos and I do have a soft spot for dogs, so I especially like the picture of the dogs paws, the rule of thirds in this photo has made it work out really well.

I also like your ring and the composition and detail in the wooden table, the knot in the wood adds pattern to your image.

I do use the rule of thirds, but I hadn’t realized it until I did this theme, so it’s made me become more aware of what I’m doing and why.

    Annabelle Spender · September 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I found the opposite – I realised just how much I didn’t use this (at least in terms of the vertical third lines!) I do like though how trying to achieve this challenge has made me produce these great photos – I will have to try and include it more often I think (though I know my photography habits are so hard to break!)

P.J. · September 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm

First, thanks for joining with us for the challenge. Hope to see you in future months!

Second, good call on your shots. They came out well. I am the same way as you mention you are in the beginning — I don’t follow the rule of thirds all the time. I usually will blatantly go against it. But that’s the sports photographer in me, too. I feel that rule can be hard with sports. On the other side, in certain spots, it really works. Take that food shot you have — it’s perfect for the rule of thirds. I need to start learning my lighting and such better for food shots. I love the tone and the look in that one you have.

Great work this month. Enjoyed your photos!

    Annabelle Spender · September 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Wow! Thank you for such wonderful feedback! I have the same issue when it comes to event photography that the rule of thirds doesn’t work so well.

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