Unusual Angles

On October 10, 2010, in Photography Tips, Washington DC, by admin

Tulips and Capital Columns, National Arboretum, Washington, DC

One way to capture unique images is to look at your subject from an unusual angle.  I took this image at the National Arboretum in Washington DC.  Near the end of my day there I was looking at the old capital columns trying decide how to shoot them.  As I was putting down my gear I noticed the tulips along the edge of the sidewalk.  I got down on my stomach, framed the image, and took several shots whole moving my tripod slightly to capture different variations.

My tripod was particularly helpful in this instance.  On my tripod I am able to flip over the center column and hang the camera upside down.  This allows me to position the camera closer to the ground.  In this case the columns were located on higher ground than the tulips.  Being able to locate the camera closer to the ground allowed me to aim the camera up and capture both the tulips and the columns.

The Live View feature on my Nikon also saved me of neck strain, but that is another story!

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