Lower the Camera and No One Gets Hurt


A metal art horse is given the vignette look (Plains, Montana)

There are times when you will want your camera angle different than the usual standing and close to your subject.  By lowering your camera and placing it slightly off angle (tilted back here) in relation to your subject you can accomplish many different things.  In the photo shown here the subject looms larger and appears to be closer to the mountain in the background.  In reality the mountain in the background is very high and miles away.  I knelt on the grass at the Plains Library, where the metal art is located.  By using a lower angle, tilting the camera back slightly,  and a close crop with the lens I also lost the much thicker and darker power line just above the art.

I also changed the image to be black and white, and added the vignette to help the image become more dramatic.  Those two photo editing changes were the only things done to the image here. The majority of the creative work was done with where and when this image was created.  The sun was lower in the sky, as the photo was created around 6:30 p.m. with an ISO of 200.  I was also directly behind the art so that the lighting was striking the art from the side (which would be the right, or westward setting sun).  no reflectors or flash were used to bring out the detail of the metal art.

Here are some questions to get you thinking about camera angles and changing the relationship of your lens to your subject, consider them the next time you are looking to create a different image. Have you ever taken time to look at your subject from more than one angle?  Have you ever knelt or layed down when creating a photo?  Do you tilt your camera back or forward slightly to change the relationship between your lens and your subject?


About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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