Monday, September 10, 2012

Trying a New Angle


I was so excited reading Jen's A Garden of Threads while visiting my Mosaic Monday Friends last night. Besides seeing some really wonderful mosaics there, you can learn about the four majors as discussed in a photography class titled "The Art of Seeing" that Jen has recently taken. I was excited to be learning something interesting and I was excited because I had just tried this new angle myself. This very photo was featured in my mosaic yesterday, though it didn't show up very well. One might not have been able to tell that I was nearly lying on the ground with the camera shooting up through the zinnias. (I do this for the amusement of the neighbors.) I liked how it came out. Now I'm going to try some other majors.

So what's been your best shot lately?

Love Vee

38 comments:

  1. Oh dear...now you've discovered my secret. Shooting from the ground. I'm sure your neighbors were as amused as mine must be...lol.

    In all seriousness, though, isn't it amazing how it makes for a very different and interesting look? Beautiful!

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  2. My problem would be getting back up! These days that doesn't come so easy.
    Great picture!

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  3. Beautiful shot. I'm going to try shooting from the ground but if I get down there I probubly won't be able to get up again. Thanks for the info.
    ~Clara

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  4. Ohhhhh I would LOVE to take such shots. Ground level and all that jazzzzzz. My trouble is... If I got down there, I could not get up again!!!!!!! -giggggggles-

    Hmmmmm, well, I suppose I could put my camera on the ground... Point it... Bend over and snap. About a million times. I'd *have* to get one interesting shot, wouldn't I? Wouldn't I? Wouldn't I? lol.

    I know! Just got to try it!

    "Auntie"

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  5. That is a beautiful picture indeed! There is soooooo very much to learn about photography. Thank you for the tip. (And I'll add my comment to the others'...it's the getting back up that's the tricky part. Not very graceful. But if it's for the blog...) =D

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  6. Thanks for sharing this link. i have done a few shot down on the ground, the problem has always been getting back up after i get the shot...sometimes not pretty sight. i do like the shot of the zinnias

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  7. Jen is an awesome photographer and when I 've been out with her and our cameras she's either laying in the dirt or in the middle of a stream perched on rocks. I'm like Clara, getting down might be OK, but then I wouldn't be able to get up.
    It's nice to learn from other bloggers sharing.
    Judith

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  8. Love this photo!! Interestingly, I was just reading yesterday that we should do just this - get down on their level - to take pictures of our pets. I've got to try it!

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  9. Good morning! It was a beautiful shot. I am like several others however. Once down, I am down. If someone didn't pull me up, I'd be there still, lol. Have a good day Vee

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  10. Love this shot! Although I would have equally enjoyed watching it being taken, hehehe.

    My best photography advice was to get close ups, like really close. I used to take almost all my photos too far away from the subjects.

    With flowers and the garden, I've even been getting IN the flowers.

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  11. Shooting up while on my back or tummy in public and private spaces are routine angles for me...and thankfully people tend to give me wide berth while I am down there. Sometimes that can be a real bonus!

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  12. I'm pretty much a point & shoot type of picture taker. You have no idea how much I enjoy looking at all of the photos on your blog! Even the ones you think are poor, are soooo much better than what I do.

    Have a great day!

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  13. That is a beautiful shot of your zinnias. I'm chuckling at all of the comments on having a hard time getting back up. My sentiments exactly :).

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  14. This would be the little fairy angle! Great shot! Yes, she gave some good lessons there.

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  15. I just took a few photos of my last roses of the season in a way I've never done before...I'll be sharing it later in the week.
    I love your zinnias. I've never had much luck growing them. I will try again next year and do a garden row of them with the veggies.

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  16. Looking forward to your first laying down on the snow for a great angle shot, too! I like this perspective.

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  17. Beautiful shot! I have bookmarked the link for a time when I have more time. Just wanted to pop in and say hello!

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  18. Beautiful shots of the zinnias. They are such pretty colors, too. Thanks for always putting the extra effort in your photos to share with all of us. xo

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  19. Flowers are fun to experiment with...since they don't move a whole lot! Lighting and angles...that's what it's all about. It's seems I'm always experimenting with 'food photography'. Your zinnias look great.

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  20. I love these flowers wish I have those in my garden now. ^_^


    Kim,USA

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  21. That IS a really great shot!! I wish I could see your neighbors wondering what you are up to!

    I remember lying on the porch - flat on my back - as I snapped a photo of Amber 7 months pregnant with the quads.

    I admire your skills with a camera. I do not have much along that line - which is why Amber bought me a new point and shoot camera recently. She said the quality of my pics has improved! Not as many are blurry now.......and that's a shame. I look better a little bit 'blurred!'

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  22. The zinnias are beautiful shot from that angle.

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  23. Love the zinnias, love the angle. My most recent best shot is in my mosaic monday post, too. Golden grasses shot against the blue water. I don't know if I was actually lying on the grass or just crouched really low. Never mind the neighbours - Tim is amused.

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  24. That is an interesting angle! I like how you lay on the ground for the enjoyment of your neighbors. That was funny! The mosaic was really nice as well. I did some baking yesterday also,only I shipped the cookies to my girl down in Florida. Hope you're having a nice Monday!

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  25. I do that once in a while too. Things can look so different by just changing the angle. Walking around with a camera makes you see the whole world different.

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  26. My camera skills are minimal at best! But your zinnias photographed beautifully :)

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  27. thank you for following us at "the cottage wren" unfortunately our reply button does not seem to be working, therefore a visit to your site of which is so worth it.. love your dahlias ours in NY are not nearly as nice.. you inspire us for next year.. thx for sharing..

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  28. I like that angle...I love any kind of DIFFERENT shots..:)

    I was stopping by to see if John is enjoying that apple pie he's been promised for weeks now....?...what?
    You haven't MADE IT YET?....surely you have. He is such a fine fella and he LOOOOVES those pies, you say.

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  29. I've been trying different angles lately too. This is a great shot. Great exercise too! :)

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  30. I love Zinnias and this is a great shot. I planted some of these beautiful flowers in my garden, but the heat of the Arizona summer did them in. Enjoy your week.

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  31. Wow, Vee - great shot! Yep, I've done those sort of things, but they usually don't turn out as well as yours. So I don't post them. I'll have to go visit the mosaic. I've always wanted to participate, but just run out of time. I hate to start something and then don't finish. So I don't start!

    I've been MIA from blogging lately. Just so busy I'm meeting myself coming and going. Hope it eases up soon!

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  32. Love that photo! Great shot. I like to try different angles with my camera too. (Then....100 pics later...and a dead battery.) I have some posts ideas still in the works. Will see which photos will make it in.

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  33. Hi Vee!

    What lovely Zinnias!! I just love the pink and orange together! I'm not sure I would get off of the ground if I got down! Although, I do love taking pictures from different angles - sure does make things interesting!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  34. such great views. i have been on a camping adventure so i am just getting back to commenting. hope you are well. big hugs.

    have you had to deal with the blogger photo storage issue, yet? i'm trying to figure it out. makes me brain hurt. ha. ha!! (:

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  35. I'm glad to see you experimenting a bit! You did a splendid job!

    Yes, I try a down-low photo shot every now and then. However, I can't get down on the ground anymore, thanks to the stupid artificial knee. So I do such photos "blind." I set the camera up for a wide angle (for maximum depth of field) and the f-stop (i.e., aperture) at a number 8 or higher. I bend over and place the camera near ground level and then proceed to take shots and check them on the screen to see if I was successful of not. I usually have to delete a half a dozen shots before I get one I like.

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  36. Ahhhhhh, Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers. Yours are beautiful and I love the angle of your shot......and the colors are magnificent!!

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