Friday, October 2, 2009

Learning to See: Unique Perspective

In our first two posts on learning to see creatively, we talked about shooting in less-than-perfect lighting conditions, and using creative compositions. This third post will focus on shooting from a unique perceptive. Explore the location from every angle, and look through your camera's viewfinder to try a variety of different compositions. Get the attention of the viewer by doing something something different or unexpected - why not shoot from inside a cave or behind a waterfall rather than choosing the same spot every other photographer has shot from?

During our visit to Kootenay National Park in Canada, we visited a burnt forest. The day was hot and humid - and we were there in the middle of the afternoon. Although Jay's primary goal was to shoot wildflowers growing in the region, he wanted to capture the remains of the forest fire as well. At first, he tried typical shots of trails and burnt trees, but nothing really impressed him. As he prepared to leave, he looked up at the clouds and realized he wasn’t thinking creatively. He took this shot of dead trees towering overhead with his camera pointed straight up towards a languid sky.

We visited Antelope Canyon in May - hoping to capture the sunbeams for which the slot canyon is famous. The sun was high in the sky, and we threw handfuls of sand into the air to catch the light as it streamed through gaps in the overhanging canyon walls. The bizzare twists and turns of the canyon walls made the location seem almost surreal - and Varina tilted the camera to make the most of an unusual composition.

Like most visitors, when Jay visited Dry Tortugas, he was instantly drawn to the colors and textures of this beautiful location. When he saw the old but majestic Red Fort surrounded by shallow turquoise waters, he made up his mind to shoot the location from the sky. The next day, he chartered an over-wing airplane and flew to Dry Tortugas just as dawn was breaking on the horizon. He took this photograph from high above the beautiful park.

Tips for Unique Perspective

  • Get down close to the ground and look straight up at the sky to capture the scene from an unusual angle.
  • Shoot from the air to capture a bird's-eye view.
  • Tilt your camera and use unusual angles to create an abstract photograph.
  • Shoot from inside, under, or behind objects to add an element of surprise to your images

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Anonymous kamla said...

amazing photography..i live in Moscow nd it is beautiful all through the year..when i see golden Moscow ..i think this is the best..then nature shows me white!! oooh it is lovely..i have an ordinary camerta..wish i could do all that you are doing..but have none to giude me.keep up this good work it is lovely

January 30, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks for your kind words, Kamla. Remember, it is the person behind the camera who creates the photograph - the camera is only a tool. There are so many resources online that can help guide you.

I wish you the best of luck with your own photography.


February 2, 2010 at 9:46 AM  

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