Composing with symmetry

Dahlias are extremely photogenic flowers, so I photograph them every chance I get. Their colors, their symmetry, the shape of their petals, it all makes for gorgeous images. 

This dahlia image is pretty standard: a close-up, composed around the center as a point of symmetry. But I love the rich purples and creamy whites.

Notice that this is one of those times when it can be a good idea to break the rule of thirds. I also could have composed this with the dahlia center along one of the rule of thirds gridlines, or on a rule of thirds power-point (the place where gridlines intersect). 

However, such a composition would have been less bold, and with colors like these, I wanted to hit the viewer in the face with the dahlia. Hopefully I succeeded!

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