Quote Originally Posted by Ole
That makes perfect sense to me. The few times I've tried to think of composition, lines, thirds, golden sections and so on, the pictures suck.

But looking closer at the few really good pictures I've made, all the rules of composition are there. I just wasn't concious of it when I took the picture.

And that makes it difficult to discuss, I guess...
Most people can walk. They don't think about how to balance themselves. But there are rules on how to walk. I am going to hazard a guess that if some folks thought hard about the rules of walking, they'd have a difficult time of it.

So if it works for you not to think about the rules, then that's what works best for you! Others might be assisted by thinking about the rules as they apply them.