Take advantage of height

JJWP437The height advantage doesn’t only apply in basketball, it is also much sought after in photography. We call it the vantage point. It is the perspective of altitude giving you a sweeping, broad field of vision. Street level shots are, well, ordinary because that’s the person’s normal perspective. That is why you see photographers hold their cameras above their head to get an alternative shot. The difference may just be a matter of inches but that will drastically change the point of view, and the framing of the subject. We have taken shots of sunrises and sunsets as part of a landscape, and usually without vantage point since the sun is over the horizon almost at street level. Unless you’re watching the sunset from atop of a building or mountain then that’s quite a another view. Now imagine a sunrise over the clouds at 30,000 feet. No don’t imagine it, its in the photo I took from an airplane’s window on an early morning flight to the province. The scene is almost surreal and magical with the textured, cotton-like bed of clouds in the foreground and the sun peering through in the background complete with the morning atmospheric haze. We don’t often take pictures like this which makes it special. Vantage point from mere inches to thousands of feet will change the view of an image. Let’s put it this way – be a soaring eagle and look out into the world around you. Because the outlook is different from a regular person’s eye-level view, an image taken from an elevated position will come out fresh, unique and interesting. So whenever possible, take advantage of height or altitude. In other words, just get high for that shot. Now going low or under is another viewpoint. And that’s for another post.

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6 responses

  1. Serene!

    February 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Mary Ann!

      February 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

  2. You do a superb job of giving the reader tips for a better way of seeing the world. Thanks.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Years of taking pictures have given me the grasp and understanding of how we should see the world “photographically”…and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned. Much thanks Sally!

      March 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

    • I agree with you, Sally!

      March 2, 2013 at 6:34 am

      • Junsjazz

        Thanks again and always Dina!

        March 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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