The more I teach photography and its basic rules the more I am compelled to experiment with breaking them. The most interesting being the Rule of Thirds.
This rule works brilliantly in most situations however when it comes to clouds, I have broken the Rule of Thirds more than once with excellent effects.
In this example of the Pemaquid Lighthouse in Central Maine, I was in time just after a night of snowfall and the sun just started to come out from behind the clouds. The sky had not cleared completely and there were some fantastic cloud formation.
With a wide angle lens I positioned the lighthouse in the lower fifth of the frame dedicating the majority of the composition to the rising clouds. Since I was shooting directly into the direction of the sun, I had to wait till the clouds provided some cover.
When I compared this image to the others I captured keeping the Rule of the Thirds, I found this one to be much more exciting than the rest.
What do you think about this composition and breaking the Rule of Thirds?