Nancy Merrill’s topic for her A Photo A Week challenge is “the rule of thirds.” She explains it this way:
The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square. It’s also best if you can put the focus of your image on one of the grid lines. Just like any really good rule, it’s also fun when you know when to break it.
For anyone who needs it, here’s a grid for reference. If you want to do portrait orientation, just flip it.
Here are some photos of date palms (photos taken in Israel and Egypt) using the rule of thirds.