Saturday, November 7, 2009

Making a Shot More Personal

One tip I picked up recently was to get down on the level of your subject. In most cases, photographing a subject (particularly a small subject) from above makes for a rather boring shot. When you get down and dirty, your shot will instantly become more personal, which makes it eye-catching. I took this photo while laying on my stomach in the road, but my short sacrifice of dignity rewarded me with a photo much better than if I had set up even a miniature tripod to take this exposure.

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Another nice thing about this photo is how the background, though blurred by a small depth of field, provides a stark contrast between the "importance" of the leaf, and the "importance" of the mountains. Something not so nice about this photo: that stupid light pole. A very distracting line that leads your eye to nowhere. And I'm not sure how I feel about the mountains being truncated at the top. Feedback?

1 comment:

  1. I know what you mean! Those always make much better shots! I love the shiny red color, it's such a contrast to the rest of the picture. The lightpole is kind of annoying, but I didn't really notice it at first. I was too busy going "WOW" to the leaf. :)


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