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.