Suggestion of Thirds

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
Vero Beach, Florida

A common composition "rule" is to avoid placing the main subject exactly in the middle of the picture. Doing so tends to make the image feel static and discourage viewers from looking around the rest of the photo. 

In this image, I've loosely followed the Rule of Thirds (hence the post title) to put the horizon line near the upper third of the scene and the pillar in the fence along the left third. This leaves the sun breaking through the clouds at the upper right section. 

So your eye can travel from the sun (the brightest area in the picture) diagonally across the frame to the breaking wave and end at the pillar with its shell decoration. Following the fence to the right returns you to the sun.

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