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Change Your Point of View

We are used to seeing the world from eye level with an undistorted natural perspective, so if you want to bring a fresh look to the scene, you have to change your viewing angle and/or lens perspective. Lie on the ground. Stand on a ladder (or climb a tree). Use a long lens. Use a short lens. It’s not work; it’s fun. The above scene, shot just after a foggy sunrise deep in the timber forests of Swaziland, had overwhelming natural beauty, but it wasn’t until I laid on the ground with a 15mm lens that I started to capture some of the awe that the true Creator had laid before me. (Note: the smoky blue wisp in the bottom right foreground is lens flare.)

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Image © Douglas Carver, New York DPA Instructor


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