Unusual. In this week’s Photography 101 post on point of view, Lynn Wohlers offers great advice on how to show your own unique way of looking at the world: Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.
Ms. Cheri Lucas Rowlands also suggested the following:
- Use something natural (window, tree, wall of a building, etc.) to frame your shot.
- Get low on the ground to take a picture from a very different angle.
- Focus on a specific part of a person, object, or structure (instead of all of it) — or intentionally cut off a part of your subject or scene.
- Place something in between you and your subject/scene to offer a distinct perspective.
I chose to try the last one. Here’s what I have for this challenge:
Normally, we would not want any obstacle or anything in between our camera and our subject. In the shoot above, rather than clear the obstacle, I tried to shoot through it after finding one small opening to capture my subject- that nipa hut in the middle of the lake.
Here is yet another one (above) where obviously I give a lot more prominence to the obstacle, a papaya leaf, and see what would come behind it. Interestingly, the lake at the background is visible still.
Do you know why this lake for my photo ops here? I had previously gotten a hint of this photo challenge after reading Photography 101 post on point of view. And so, I went out of my way to travel 30 miles away to this lake where several fish pens are located for two reasons: 1) to have some stuff for the weekly photo challenge, and 2) to buy fish for our one-month old grand-child’s baptismal party today. The usual “shooting-two-birds-with-one-stone” thing.
And here’s another interesting POV (above) where I had a wider view of the lake despite these obstacles between it and my camera (I tried the camera of my phone here- a Samsung galaxy S4).
Here below are bonus photos showing the many angles and perspective of my favorite lake:
And my most precious catch- Edgar Allan Poe’s poem: “The Lake”
In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide earth a spot
The which I could not love the less —
So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that tower’d around.
But when the Night had thrown her pall
Upon that spot, as upon all,
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody —
Then — ah then I would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.
Yet that terror was not fright,
But a tremulous delight —
A feeling not the jewelled mine
Could teach or bribe me to define —
Nor Love — although the Love were thine.
Death was in that poisonous wave,
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring
To his lone imagining —
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake.