There is a story here, but we'll come back to it.
This week's theme, Different Perspectives, got me to thinking about angles. Not just camera angles, but props, lines, corners, you name it. Because we actually had weather people calling the front that moved through Pennsylvania the "kitchen sink front" (everything but came out of the sky), going outside to get natural angles added to perspective was not an option--at least not without mountain goats and a yodeler--on the day I had available to shoot for this week. So, I stayed inside and improvised. When the weather is better, I hope to get outside and retry this week's theme with outdoor props and distance.
Perspective refers to the relationship of the objects in a photograph. This includes their positioning to each other, their sizes and the space between them. You can change the perspective of a photograph by (a) moving your feet and your camera, and (b) by moving your feet and your camera. Yes, you read that twice. Once you realize that perspective depends a lot on camera placement, you can then begin to choose where and how you will move, and what type of lens you will use.
The lens you use can help you to change the depth and distance as part of perspective, but again, only if YOU move. In the photo of the three cunning doggies, I used a 28mm 2.8 Nikkor lens pointed at a downward angle while standing very close to the first subject--Billie. You can see how the other cunning and obstinate doggies are blurred out, and how the floor and desk angles are magnified. Different perspective.
The photo below is cunning doggy, Bethy, sitting below me on the carpet. This perspective is called bird's eye view. It would be better if I were on a ladder or hanging out of a tree. Not safer, just better.
Here is the story behind obstinate doggy, Luke. I am painstakingly trying to train him to be a model. So far, Luke knows that if he puts his two front paws on the small stool, he gets a treat, so he is always following me into the studio and putting his two front paws on the small stool. Even when I haven't asked him. He then does not understand why he did not get the treat. After all, he put his paws on the stool. Billie, who knows if she sits on the stool treats appear, immediately jumps on it when she comes into the studio and I move anywhere near the treat container. Bethy doesn't do either, but she's cute, and she likes to be with the other doggies and get treats.
On the day of the first photo, all three came into the room. Billie jumped on the small stool. Luke put his paws on the stool, received no immediate treat (because I wasn't ready and didn't ask yet) and began to pout, and Bethy chose her spot just in case treats were ever going to be an option. I suppose, in their own ways, each had a different perspective of the situation.
Rochelle Marshall with Dark Sapphire Photography, serving the Nelson, New Zealand area, is up next in the blog circle this week. Just click on the link and start your journey. See you back here next Friday. Have a great weekend!