I Broke The Rules But Not the Golden Rule by Gary Fairhead

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Posted for a challenge in Ace Cafe

Canon 7 D and Sigma 10-20 mm at 11 mm ISO 500 and 1/2000 sec at F6.3 spot metered and manually exposed

I was experimenting here and broke just about every rule regarding the photography of birds.

1. always have the sun at your back so your subject is well lit. Early morning or late light is good.

OK I shot into the sun ,,,bad!

2. keep it natural, do not include anything man made also known as the hand of man

Yup…that rule has definetly been flushed here

3. Use as large a telephoto lens as possible to fill the frame and to keep a comfortable distance between you and your subject

I guess using the Sigma 10-20 mm lens at 11 mm breaks that rule as well

The rule I didn’t break ( at least I think I didn’t) is the rule that governs composition …the Rule of Thirds, the Golden Ratio or (in this case) the Fibonacci Ratio ( Fibonacci Spiral was used)..




  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful and good luck in the challenge. Have my vote!! I have learnt heaps from your rules!!

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 3 years ago

    Rules schmules!..this is wonderful Gary!!:)

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsover 3 years ago

    I’m glad you broke all the rules as the photo is wonderful!!

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkover 3 years ago

    Bet he is saying wheres the oiler sunflower seeds :^) Love it…to ’ell with the rules…one has to have a little fun now and then!

  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    Sod the rules, this is wonderful!

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 3 years ago

    We would not get to see great images like this if the rules were not broken. Well done, Gary.

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoover 3 years ago

    How beautiful!!!

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 3 years ago

    Just amazing – a bird in the hand!

  • Stephen Stephen
    Stephen Stephenover 3 years ago

    Well done Gary. You’ll have to let me know how you like the Sigma 10-20mm.

  • bobby1
    bobby1over 3 years ago

    So sweet well done!

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