It’s all a great mystery…Look up at the sky and you’ll see how everything changes~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Some days I am so busy at my desk that I forget to look out my window at the ever-changing palette of color and motion in the skies above. The same is true when I am out shooting with my camera. Sometimes the most startling image isn’t at eye level. It’s right up there above my head. Changing my perspective opens up new possibilities. All I need to do is simply Look Up.
In these 3 shots, my eyes were drawn upward. The view at this angle was surprising. In the first shot, I couldn’t help staring at the spires and intricate stone work of the Duomo di Milano, a Gothic masterpiece, which took nearly six centuries to complete. The cathedral is the third largest in the world, but it has a fatal and costly flaw: it was constructed of Candoglia marble, which needs to be continually restored section by section.
Vision looks inwards and becomes duty. Vision looks outwards and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upwards and becomes faith. — Stephen Samuel Wise
Like many tourists, I walked past Santa Maria Novella in Florence several times before entering. I’m so glad I did. The domed ceilings and the black and white arches were startlingly beautiful. This vast interior space was supposedly designed by Brunelleschi, the same architect who created the iconic Duomo cupola several blocks away.
Changing your perspective can reveal details that aren’t immediately apparent at eye level. At first glance, these yellow roses seemed ordinary. But when shot from below, the flower had a unique look. Its color also seemed more vivid against the blue sky.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, we invite you to “Look Up” and share what you see. We are looking forward to seeing your interpretation.
If you are looking for some photography tips about shooting at this angle, click this link from the Digital Photography School.
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?
There were many terrific responses to Tina’s “Path” challenge last week. Thanks to all who participated!
- Amy of Photography Journal Blog showed us where the path splits at Derwent Edge in the U.K.
- Murtagh’s Meadow and Miriam Hurdle of The Showers of Blessings showed us some gorgeous paths in Ireland and Portland, Oregon.
Ann-Christine will post the next challenge on Saturday, October 6th at noon. For more information on how to join the Lens-Artists Photo Challenges, click here. Most importantly, remember to TAG your post “Lens-Artists ” so it appears in the Reader.
And finally, have an inspiring week!