Good morning all. Today I wanted to remind everyone how easy it is to fall prey to complacency while shooting. The “OK, I got the shot, time to move on to the next location” mentality rears its ugly head when I am out shooting all the time. Sometimes I just need to stop and think about composure, lighting, shadows, settings, etc… The simplest thing to accomplish however is merely changing your Point of View (POV). By getting up high or getting down low, you can dramatically change how your picture looks. This effect is even more intensified by using a wide angle or fisheye lens. Take a look at the two images below. There is nothing very special about them; taken in Tuscany this past weekend in Bagno Vignoni – A historical town located on the ancient pilgrimmage route to Rome. But they do a pretty decent job showing you how much you can change the perspective of your photos by simply altering the plane/angle/composition of exposure.
These small pillars were only about two and a half feet tall, and I think they appear that way in the first photo. The little ravines and canals were built to channel warm water from the underground springs in to larger pools and holding areas for bathing.
By getting low on my knees, the composition changes completely, making those small pillars seem large and powerful, extending the shadow and making you feel just a tad small.
Anyways, just keep this in your back pocket next time you are out shooting. Variation in your photos is a good thing – it gets boring looking at everything from eye level sometimes!