There are no rules for a good photograph, there are only good photographs.  Ansel Adams

 

There are no rules for a good photograph, there are only good photographs.  Ansel Adams

No truer words concerning photography and even writing were ever recorded.

This image is significant because it shows that even if you believe rules are made to be broken and individual artistic expression reveals the rare genius, that most often adherence to the rules helps a rather ordinary photographer (me) produce a really solid compositionally sound photograph.  Rules are written for the masses, geniuses need not take note.

A recent workshop client expressed an interest in visiting Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha.  I hadn’t been there for ages so I decided to head out there a few days early and get the lay of the land, find good parking, note the best places to capture the best compositions, study the light at this certain time of day, and generally just get a feel for the place so I could concentrate on the workshop lesson and not the tour guide side of things.  I brought my camera and as I wandered through the compound and took note of the best locations, keeping the requested lesson topic in mind, I set about capturing images from the perspective of the requested lesson.  The requested lesson was landscapes and the architectural captures of temples.

You can’t teach genius (especially when you don’t have any), but you can teach rules and impart experience(s).  So following the rules and advice I planned on providing I carefully walked the temple compound, followed the rules, and ended up capturing some of the best photographs I’ve taken in quite some time.  I plan on sharing them with you either next week or the week after in a Photo Outing to Wat Pho.

You can’t teach genius (especially when you don’t have any), but you can teach rules and impart experience(s).  So following the rules and advice I planned on providing I carefully walked the temple compound, followed the rules, and ended up capturing some of the best photographs I’ve taken in quite some time.  I plan on sharing them with you either next week or the week after in a Photo Outing to Wat Pho.

Alas, even when you’re following the rules you can’t make a great landscape out of a giant phallic symbol.