I went to the zoo this weekend and bagged nearly 400 photos. While I try to follow the normal rules of composition, I often come home with stuff that just doesn't fit those standards. Especially when I am trying to take photos among 1000 screaming nose-pickers, soccer moms, and a battalion of strollers. Take a look at these two photos. I'm curious, do they work for anyone? I ask because I kinda like them... and they seem to break the rule of thirds. In fact, the jaguar's face is almost dead centered. But, I do like the "peering through the jungle" feel. I tried to do a square crop of the gray wolf, but there is something about a square image that seems strange to me.
So, what do you guys think of these images in the way the subject is centered and not following those golden suggestions of thirds?
Actually, just for kicks, here is a squared up gray wolf.