Welcome to Week Fifteen, 52′rs! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter holiday weekend. I’ve spent my long weekend having follow up surgery (nothing serious, don’t worry). In fact, I’m either still there right now or flat on my back on the couch. Thanks to the beauty of scheduled posting, focus52 continues whether I’m here or not. And thanks to the beauty of my trusty little iPad, I can browse through your photos and not be bored silly while I recuperate. Yay! I love technology :)
This week, we’re going to return to our photography fundamentals. This week, it’s all about …
Perspective by definition is the way in which objects are seen by the eye based on their spatial attributes. Shooting an object at eye level and then shooting the same object from a higher lever will create a difference in spatial attributes between the two images you’ve taken of the same object.
In plain english? Shoot it from a different angle and you have a different photograph :)
I’d like you to take some time this week to play around with perspective. Find a subject and shoot it from every angle you can think of – up high, down low, from the side, from the back … you get it. There’s been many a time I’ve fought for the right perspective, taking dozens of shots before I reach that a-ha moment when I know I’ve nailed it. You can have the most gorgeous photo opportunity in front of your lens, but if your perspective is wrong, the result is going to be less than thrilling.
In sharing your photos this week, I’d encourage you to include a few where your perspective was perhaps not so great. The ones that missed the mark before you got your keeper shot. You might want to try a diptych or even a small collage. I think it would be super interesting to see how you arrived at your final shot.
Of course, and as always, it’s totally up to you. Whatever you choose to do this week, follow the prompt or no, come back here and link up your work when you’re done (weeks run Sunday to Saturday, don’t forget!). Links must be to the direct URL of your actual work, not just to the site it’s posted in, and may be a link to your blog post or to your flickr photo (again, the actual photo, not your entire flickr stream). Also, please don’t link and run – try to find some time to visit at least a few of your fellow 52′ers. That’s half the fun! And don’t forget the flickr pool!
Remember, you do not need to use the prompt in order to come back here and share.
I hope you enjoy your week of gaining a little perspective ;)