Barred Owl

Barred Owl_4

Owls like to teach. This owl is an art expert and wants you to know how composition works.

There are several positioning guidelines to properly compose a work. These are the most common

  • Use the rule of thirds to structure the work, placing items of interest 1/3 or 2/3 from the top or bottom.
    • When moving by thirds, adjust the bass by one step
  • Use the golden ratio for additional positioning.  Instead of breaking the image into three equal parts, this uses 1:1.618 for positioning.
    • If the math is too hard, use this online slide rule:
  • Use the golden triangle, imagining a line from corner to corner, then breaking that into two right triangle, aligning objects to these lines.
    • To convert a wrong triangle into a right triangle, try a public apology, a large donation, or deflecting distraction
  • Use the golden rule and make your image look as you wish photos of yourself did
  • Be sure to leave space so things aren’t too crowded.
    • When leaving space, be sure to double-check your heat shields

As it turns out, owls aren’t as smart as they think they are.