Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trio by jansenphotojansenphoto (Dutch goes the Photo)

Three heads are better than one?

We've all heard of the rules of thirds but have you heard of the rule of three?

The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers in [the] execution of the story and engaging the reader. The reader or audience of this form of text is also thereby more likely to remember the information conveyed. This is because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern. It makes the author or speaker appear knowledgeable while being both simple and catchy.Wikipedia

Although a writing principle, one of my photography instructors, Loren Fisher, has suggested using this principle when composing images with more than one object of focus.

I’ve been trying to use this principle in my images.

This image was captured earlier this year near South Street Seaport during my lunch break. I used my Fuji X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR and shot using an ACROS Film Simulation Recipe by Ritchie Roesch.

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Three, Herr Dreipinter, drei
  • Aperture—ƒ/4
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—5 August, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—35mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/200s

I had no idea what to create for this weeks photo challenge. Three? Three what? Three trees? Three dogs? Three people? I was stumped.

But then three silly comments on the main post led to an idea. Frank's comment mentioned Joris Driepinter.

Joris Driepinter is a fictional character from Dutch milk commercials of the 1960 and 1970s. The character of Joris was created by Danish visual artist Ib Antoni Jensen and Dutch artist Dimitri Frenkel Frank. The character of Joris was inspired by American comic book characters like Superman and Batman. The original Joris Driepinter drew his strength from his daily consumption of three pints of milk. Milk? Beer? It's all the same.

So I thought, why not create photographs inspired by Joris? Three images of me, each one with me drinking a pint of a different American craft ale, all from New Jersey. Blend the layers in Photoshop and … three comments, three ales, and three images.

The three ales are:

Hey, I had fun doing this. Three pints in three hours and I combined two of my favorite activities; photography and craft ale drinking. Prost!

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.