Originally Posted by eds
How much does that piece angle from back to front?
Just wondering if the photo doesn't show the true position.
Cause angling that way can help suggest depth.
In the right setting, I like having exposed wood placed on angles jutting towards the front glass.
Good observation/question, Ed. It was getting a bit late last night, so I likely left off some info. What you are seeing is a single piece of V-shaped driftwood. There is a knob in the back of the taller arm on the right that is pretty much up against the back glass. The other arm is pointing toward the front, and I, too, was thinking about depth when I placed it that way. And, as the piece is a bit heavier on the right side, the balance can be tricky.
I'm certainly no "golden square" expert.
What exactly do you mean by "emphasize the corners?
It looks to me as tho only 1 of the 4 corners - the top left - is accentuated by the wood.
If you rotated it a little, swinging the right/back portion back and to the left, would that accentuate one or both of the right side corners?
Well, I'm no expert either, but I did spend the night at "Holiday Express" (my apologies to anyone who's not familiar with these annoyingly, semi-humorous commercials
Here's the golden square concept, in my limited understanding. Throughout history, many classic works of art have consciously or unconsciously exhibited a ratio in the placement of focal points. That ratio (and I think it's called 'phi' (sp?)) is 1.618. So, measuring along the curved front of my tank, I get 36". Dividing that by 1.618, I get 22 1/4". So, the vertical lines are each placed 22 1/4" from the tank edges. Based on my substrate depth (and to save some math), I chose 18" as the top/bottom height, so the horizontal lines are placed at 11 1/8". Now, in theory, if you can get focal points to land on the corners of that golden square, then you should come up with something that visually appeals to most folks. In my placement, I attended to get the point of the shorter piece of wood (as you mentioned) *and* the placement of the A. nana on the thicker wood piece (lower right corner).
So, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it
Good inputs, folks!