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Written by Brian Grover   
Saturday, 07 November 2009 09:16
Assignment Number Sixteen
Just as shooting from above can add drama and interest to a normal everyday scene, shooting up from a low angle can give your subject new perspective. In this assignment look for opportunities to shoot your world from the lowest possible angles. Natural depressions, below ground stairwells, crouching down and even lying flat on the ground are all workable approaches.

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There is a great blue heron rookery just blocks from my apartment so opportunities to photograph the big gangly birds abound. Looking for fresh approaches to shooting herons I stood under a tree full of nests, shooting straight up to capture this one as it came in for a landing.
Heron in Flight

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Setting out to hike the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, I placed the camera in a tidal pool, holding it just above the water's surface to capture the view from a hermit crab' s perspective.
Shadowy Monsters

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A low perspective and a wide-angle lens turns a mole hill into a mountain, exaggerating the ordeal these Osaka salarymen must overcome simply to cross the street.
Backlit Fern

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Again, shooting up into a break in the the rainforest canopy gave me access to delicately backlit ferns sprouting from the trunk of deadwood.
Slogging Upwards

All photographs were taken by Brian Grover. To browse more images visit my photo gallery here: Brian Grover Photography.


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