Monday, August 10, 2015

A Different Perspective

I can remember my first photo assignment when I was in my photography class many years ago.

We were given a roll of film with 36 exposures on it, and sent out in front of the school, each with a different subject.

Mine was a tree.

It was winter, so it was bare.

No leaves or buds.

It was an overcast day, so the light was really drabby, and with the snow all around, everything looked black and white.

I had no idea how I was going to get 36 different photos of this tree.

Of course, that was the whole object of the assignment - to open the mind and eyes to more than the obvious.

Move in, back up, go under, look down, try different angles, don't forget the textures, check out the lines, patterns, shadows, and highlights, and most importantly, take a different perspective.

It's a little harder these days to get the low shots - the knees and back don't contort like they used to.

But it still is a lot of fun to try to get the different angles and perspectives of a subject.


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