Friday, August 05, 2011

Looking Up


One of the many ways a photographer can turn a so-so image into a great photograph is to look at the subject from a different perspective. For example, everyone can take a picture of a flower by looking down on it. Easy, right? But have you ever noticed that the flower photos that catch the eye are usually shot at the level of the flower or perhaps looking up at the flower? Not so easy - it usually requires the photographer to get down on the ground. It takes more time and effort - which has the potential to make a much more interesting photograph.

Another way of changing perspective is to take notice of details that perhaps others miss.  For example, on my recent trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I took a lot of photos of the fishies and the gorgeous view of the bay - that is what I was there for, right? Sure, but most likely a hundred other people captured similar shots that day. Knowing this I decided that in addition to my fishy photos I needed to look around and notice something that someone else probably wasn't seeing - and I noticed the duct work and lighting along the ceiling - industrial with very cool textures and angles.

I doubt that ANYONE got a similar shot that day. This three exposure HDR not only took time to compose and shoot but also took a bit of time in post processing to merge the images and bring out the textures and details. I really like how it turned out! It was definitely worth the time and effort.

This image was submitted as my Photo of the Week (hosted by Jessica Rogers Photography).


Cat said...

I like the way you wrote about this. And you did indeed capture something most walk by. And the HDR process worked well on this.

Angela said...

Thanks! :)