When teaching student photographers the basics of framing and composition one of the main tenets is to consider the “rule of thirds” This rule states that one should position the main focus of the image in the top, bottom, left, or right third of the frame. Basically, if you were to draw evenly spaced vertical and horizontal lines down the frame, the optimum position is where the lines intersect. This rule also indicates that the horizon should not be positioned in the top or bottom third of the frame.
In the following poll I have three images. The first one is the original which brazenly violates the rules of thirds by positioning the horizon dead center! The other two have been altered to move the horizon to the top or bottom third of the frame. My question is simple; which do you prefer? The rule breaker, or one of the rule followers. Let me know in the poll at the bottom of this post and tell me why in the comments.