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As most photographers - like artists in general - are aware, the composition of a picture can greatly enhance it's overall appeal for a viewer, and the most frequently referred to guideline for creating more pleasing compositions is what's known as “the rule of thirds” - where the rectangular frame of an image is divided into nine separate yet equally-sized rectangles within the frame by using four imaginary lines (two running vertically and two running horizontally), then placing one of the primary elements in the picture directly on, or at least close to, one of the points where two of these lines cross over each other.

Hope that makes sense to those of you who may never have heard of the “rule of thirds” before without me being able to show you a graphic image of what I mean!

While of course there are many who are already familiar with the “rule of thirds”, far fewer people are aware of a much more complex mathematical guideline for composition that has not only been used through the ages by artists, designers and architects but, amazingly enough, is incorporated into much of Nature's grand design. Some refer to this as “the golden mean” or the “golden ratio”, while others credit the 13th century Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano (better known as Fibonacci) for discovering a sequence of numbers that create very interesting pattens, and thereby named these calculations as “Fibonacci numbers”.

Rather than me try to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, the best I can do is highly recommend that you take a look at two (though there are many more on this subject if you wish to search) YouTube videos that will show much better examples of this and offer explanations that will surely be far easier to understand than anything I could write.

The first video is called “Nature by Numbers” and is in itself a work of art, set to beautiful music, that explains this concept visually and show examples of where you can see this fascinating equation clearly applied to Nature.

The second video is titled “Fibonacci Numbers – The Fingerprint of God” , which provides a more detailed verbal explanation along with visual examples.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, hopefully if you look at either of these videos (or perhaps already have an understanding of the golden mean or ratio) you might see what I was aiming to achieve here with this capture of one of my favourite Siberian Tiger cubs. Perhaps to the eye of a more experienced artist this composition doesn't quite make the grade, but I believe it's the best I've been able to come up with so far ;^)

Whatever the case, I sincerely hope some of you enjoy watching those videos!

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