High and Low -- A Matter of Perspective

How tall are you? How tall is your camera? If the answer is pretty much the same, then what you need is a serious change of perspective.

Whether you are aware of it or not, there is no law against snapping a photo from something other than standing height. In fact, it may be that your camera is afraid of heights and would rather be closer to the ground. Of course, there's only one way to find out -- GET LOW! (Extra points if you get the reference without google.)

I was reading my daily online newspaper this morning and found this inspiration: lens.blogs.nytimes.com. In the article, the writer explains the photographer's point of perspective as follows:

"Using a twin lens reflex — where he had to look down into the viewfinder — Mr. Chang took his photos from the waist up, a perspective that reinforced his childlike curiosity. “Sulin, Taiwan. 1960” shows a bull whose nose and face are sharply in focus looming over us while a blurry man with a slightly tilted hat walks behind it, holding onto a plow. The bull looks powerful, and we almost feel we are standing there with the photographer, with all of our heads reaching only to the top of the beast’s legs.”

And, I thought... Wow! There's a Meet-up Idea!

Your challenge is to take up to four sets of paired images (better than my example, but thanks to Lily for modeling anyway). One of the paired photos is to be taken from standing eye level; the second photo must be of the same subject, but from from waist level or lower. Yes, this means you have to TAKE NEW PICTURES! And, it's OK if you get dirty in the process.

Submit your photos as JPEGs to [masked]. We'll see you in a couple of weeks.

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  • Robert C.

    Good challenge and idea for all of us. Well run by Dave!

    April 30, 2014

  • Shireen G.

    Awesome ppl and presentation!

    April 29, 2014

  • Mary

    My son's birthday. Have fun!

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    More of a maybe for me. But I will upload some if I make it or not..

    April 22, 2014

  • Stuart R

    Well, you got me started... Taking some High and Low perspective. photos with my Digital Camera.

    Since I am currently shooting with a Compact Point n Shoot camera, my high perspective is between my waist and my head (I have no eye level viewfinder on my camera); But my low is really low. I had my little camera literally in the dirt.

    The first subject that presented itself after I received the Meetup Invitation was Flowers; What could I say, it's early spring and flowers are springing up all around me.

    I got some very interesting High and Low perspective shots on Thursday and today, Sunday.

    Looking forward to seeing life from different perspectives; And seeing how different photographers approach this interesting subject.

    April 20, 2014

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