Photo Quest August 2022: Dead Center

During our June 2022 presentation from photographer Nic Stover, we discussed how the placement of a key interest point on one of the intersection points of the “thirds-lines” may simply be coincidence because there are four such intersection points, and just one center of the image.

Photographs do exist of course where the subject is smack-dab in the middle of the frame and the composition works favorably, with a harmonious, pleasing image being created. And this is your mission (should you choose to accept it): create a photo where the subject is “dead center”, right in the middle. Resist the mighty rule of thirds!

This DOES require more attention to the surroundings of the subject, so that they will support its placement in the center, of course. This photo quest challenges how you think about composition, and requires your skills and experimentation. Don’t just place “whatever” in the middle of your frame! Everything that is in a frame inevitably becomes part of the photograph — use it to create a compelling image, even when the subject is dead center.


  • MAKE A NEW PHOTOS for the quest – no digging in the archives!
  • Your photo MUST be made in the month of August 2022
  • Color, black & white, DSLR, mirrorless, phone… doesn’t matter
  • Send high-res JPEG files, good quality, sRGB color space
  • No digital art/compositing

Before you submit your photo: please take a look at our guide on file names, format, titles, metadata. We expect technically solid photography without obvious flaws and distractions: have fun, but honestly self-evaluate. Take pride in your work!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask — simply leave a comment below.

Our monthly Photo Quest is a members-only photographic scavenger hunt. Current members will receive a submission link in their email with the theme announcement, at the beginning of each month. If you want to participate, please join the Sierra Club Photo Section.

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