So, What's Your Angle?

November 22, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

From my observations if you're interested in photography regardless of whether you're a pro, amateur, semi-pro or someone who loves to shoot when time permits, we've all probably got one thing in common. That commonality is knowledge. If you're anything like me you'll read anything you can get your hands on when it comes to photography, in that never ending effort to improve and grab that "oh, I didn't know that" type tip.

Nothing wrong with that, it's very healthy. Again, if you're anything like me you've probably heard and read all the "inside" tips endless times. However just now and then you'll read it again and discover this tip was so basic you'd kind of forgotten it. Never mind, we all do it.

Speaking of which, I was reading a photography book recently and the author was stressing the importance of the angle from which you shoot your subject. He was talking particularly about flowers, saying NEVER shoot down on flowers. Why? Because we all see them from that angle every day. We need to get down on our knees and shoot them from an angle 99.9% of people never see them from.

This is a belief I agree with and have practiced for many years. yes, it is obvious. Like I said earlier, sometimes we forget the obvious because we're so busy trying to be perfect.
I think the "angle" rule is so important it's worth mentioning again in this blog.

The Location:

The Old Brickworks Sydney Park St Peters.

I have an incredible fascination with the past and the associated local history with locations which visually appeal to me. These old brickworks started in the 1870's and closed in 1970. The old Farmers building on Market Street was made with bricks from this operation. Whenever I go walking there I can feel the past, the workers who have since passed on, the talk of the "after work beer" you can almost hear. Hence, it has become a spot I enjoy photographing.

The large chimneys here are the real focal point, especially from a distance.

Anyway, enough talk. Here are three shots of the same structure/s but from very different angles.
 

 


 


I think it is very obvious how the perception of something can change depending on the angle from which you view it. The moral of this blog is, try to think of yourself as a bird, a lizard, a dog, a passenger passing on a nearby helicopter or anything other than a human looking at the same old subject from the same old angle. It will give you far more rewarding photographs.
 

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