Shooting from a low angle with a wide lens. Dubrovnik, Croatia. 2009

Over the last six months I’ve been experimenting with holding my camera, fitted with a 10mm lens, low down by my side and taking photos of people as I walk by them. Most of the time, shooting this way leads to failed images, but every now and again I get an interesting shot.

One of the reason why I’ve been shooting this way is to not only to get a different perspective and angle but also to get higher things into the frame. I wanted to do this because I noticed that a lot of my shots were shot from the same height, straight on, and they were starting to look a bit stale.

I’ve also been experimenting with holding my camera as high above my head as I can, as well, and I’ll post some of those shots at a later date.

10 thoughts on “Shooting from a low angle with a wide lens. Dubrovnik, Croatia. 2009”

  1. I do this all the time when I’m in Boston with my wide angle lens! I can attest to the amount of failed images that it produces, though. That’s why I can really, really appreciate this one! Although, I’ve been doing it to include more of what is below the usual frame! Aren’t we the oddest of duckies! Anyway, Inspires me to look back at some I’ve taken and post one.

  2. This is a really interesting shot… the combination of the backlighting, the wide view, and the tilt almost gives me vertigo. The flatness of a telephoto shot and the incredible depth obtainable with a wide angle both have their uses, and I like both. This one works especially well by includig the full surround of the tunnel, above and below what a normal lens would have taken in.

  3. Pat

    It is funny how we are doing so many of the same things considering that we’ve never met.

    Donald

    Thanks. You’re right, it is a case of “horses for courses”. As I get older, I’m finding that the most useful tool in my bag of tricks is a more philosophical outlook in thinking about what I’m trying to say with photography rather than the actual equipment.

    Turkish

    Glad to see you back again. It’s been a while.

    I can see what you mean about the shot looking like it’s a child’s view but I wanted a shot that was more about the tension of being alone in a tunnel with a stranger coming towards you.

    Head down, no eye contact, keep moving.

  4. Not fair! Why do ALL your photos look so great and all my photos so shallow and plain and pointless? Not fair! There’s no justice in this world!
    I’ll go and get drunk now…

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