When I read the Photo 101 assignment focusing on solitude and the rule of thirds, I immediately thought of this shot I took in October 2011.
It’s an image of my brother looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Based on the sun’s position and shadow, it was nearing late afternoon. (He’s wearing running shoes with reflective patches on the back, but I don’t recall the flash going off.) I could have cropped more from the right for rule-of-thirds’ sake, but I didn’t want to diminish the vastness of the ocean.
The photo recalls a happy occasion — my sister and I conspired with our sister-in-law to arrange a surprise visit for our brother’s 60th birthday. What better place than southern California to do so?