Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: #13 Look Up

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.

Looking Up, Santa Maria Novella, Firenze. Shot with a Fuji X-T2.

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.

Giardino delle Rose, Firenze. Shot with a Fuji X-T2.

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. 



There were many terrific responses to Tina’s “Path” challenge last week.  Thanks to all who participated!

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!

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    • Thank you, Thank you! It’s always wonderful to get your thoughts on the posts. 🙂 I kept thinking how the people in Milan were making money from tourists who visit the site and then spending it on the refurbishing! Revolving door.


  1. I am gobsmacked Pattie. The cathedral is stunning, something out of a gothic novel , wait you did say it’s a gothic structure and the curves in the interior shot really draws ones attention infinitely upwards. So much to see and marvel. Your blog was a gem of a find. More power to you.

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  2. The inside of Santa Maria Novella is so beautiful and light too. I love vaulted ceilings and the contrasting decorative stone work. And there is nothing better than photographing leaves or flowers against a blue sky!

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  3. All of your photo choices are splendid for the ‘look up’ prompt. I enjoyed all of them, but the colors of the flowers against the blue sky really popped to me! Thank you for the opportunity to participate! Happy October!


  4. Hi Patti your topic coincided with photos I took this week-end. That rarely happens so thanks. This weekend I was wearing a t-shirt with a note to self:travel, inscription. That i what I will have to do more in order to take photos of these gothic type detailed buildings you photographed. in the mean time I will experience life in South Africa via my lens.

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    • Hi, Abrie. I’m glad the theme and your weekend plans coincided. Isn’t it nice when that happens! I am enjoying your shots and stories about South Africa. It’s a beautiful place.


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