Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #86: Change Your Perspective

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.– Ansel Adams

When I’m out shooting, my first instinct is to stand directly in front of my subject and shoot straight ahead at eye-level.  But sometimes, this perspective is predictable and it often results in boring photographs.  So, over time, I’ve learned to change my perspective and “work” a shot from a variety of angles.  By getting down low, looking up, or taking a variety of shots as I walk around the subject, I’m able to find the best perspective.  This has helped improve my shots and create photos which are more interesting and better convey what I have in mind as I take the photo.  Here are some examples:

Getting Down Low

Last week, we explored the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, where early blooms were just starting to appear.  I took several shots of the camellias and azeleas at eye level, before discovering this lantana plant just beginning to flower.  After several shots, I decided to kneel down and shoot.  I like this perspective, because it clearly shows the flowers just beginning to open.  It also highlights the shape of the petals and more details.

Looking Up

On a recent walk in Charleston, South Carolina, we stopped by the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of a tragic shooting in 2015, when a white supremacist killed 9 parishioners during a Bible study session.  The sadness was still palpable as we stood outside the church.  By looking up, I was able to capture the sharp angles of the church and spire and the somber stormy sky.   This perspective helped to convey the mood of the place.

Looking Down

Here you can see a camellia flower in full bloom at the Magnolia Plantation, also in Charleston.  By looking down at the flower, I was able to capture the delicate white center and the edge of the petals just starting to wither.  This perspective allows the viewer to see the entire bloom.

Walking Around the Subject

While we were at Middleton Gardens in Charleston, some sheep wandered through a fenced in pasture.  I took a dozen shots of the animals–some in pairs and some in groups, before settling on this image, which includes both the sheep and several of the outbuildings.  I liked the way the sheep were grouped together.  In other shots, the sheep were spaced too far apart and they looked “lost” in the open field.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #86, we invite you to break the habit of shooting photos at eye-level and change your perspective.  Instead, show us your photographs taken from a variety of perspectives–by getting down low, by looking up at the subject or looking down, or walking around the subject.  We’re looking forward to seeing your “new” perspectives!

We all enjoyed Tina’s wonderful Treasure Hunt challenge last week.  Your posts are always unique, often surprising, and always creative.

Have You Seen These?

  • David M’s collection combines many treasure hunt items in beautiful ways
  • One Letter Up shows us a varied collection of treasures, including a wonderfully expressive dog portrait
  • Woolly Muses goes above and beyond with his complete collection of treasure hunt items.

A Special Announcement:  All of us at Lens-Artists are delighted to announce that the March 7th challenge (#87) will be hosted by our special guest host, Miriam Hurdle at The Showers of Blessings   Please be sure to visit Miriam’s site on Saturday, March 7th to view her challenge.  For the rest of March, we’ll follow our usual weekly schedule:

As always, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I look forward to seeing your creative responses to this week’s challenge and thank you for your support.  I hope this week is filled with inspiration and good health for you and your loved ones.

If you want to read more about perspective in photography, click here to view an article from the Digital Photography School.

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    • Hi, SH. I’m glad you like the church. I think you’re right. It does look like it’s leaning. I wanted to show its fragility after the mass shooting. I’m glad you added your perspective to our challenge!

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  1. Patti, wonderful gallery … and fantastic topic. Your image with the sheep makes me think about Bach ‘Sheep May Safely Graze – one of my favourite classical pieces. Wonderful image.

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  2. As you know Patti, Magnolia is one of my favorite places in the low country, so glad you had a chance to visit while you were here. Your images perfectly convey your message about the importance of perspective – equally critical in photography and in life. Loved your challenge and especially your image of Mother Emanuel. There is definitely an air of spirituality there which is also seen in your image.

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  4. I always enjoy playing with perspectives when I’m taking photos. Your set of photographs are great! The angles and the sky in the church scene definitely help convey the tone.

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  5. wonderful photos and the theme has given me ideas!

    my fav from your post was the opening flower – just blooming – with the cool lines beneath – and so much to enjoy with bits of dark and light…

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    • Welcome again, Margaret! Delighted you’re joining in the fun. I think I can safely say that we all learn a lot from this challenges. I love seeing everyone’s responses to the challenge and learn from them. I’m very glad this theme resonated with you. :).

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  6. I loved the church capture- the stormy sky and the story behind it truly conveys the mood like nothing else. The sheep of course was another delightful picture. Happy to have participated in this challenge.

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  7. Thanks for this great challenge, Patti. I really enjoyed it. I love your photos and the different perspectives you showed with them. Those sheep are like “what’s going on here?” 🙂 I stuck to your template really closely as you will see.


  8. All of your photos are impressive, but my favorite is the church. I forget how easy it can be just to change where I stand when I take a picture, so you’ve inspired me to try something new. My blog is finally up and going again. I’d like to link to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenges at least once in a while, but I need help. How to I link to the original blog’s host? Do I include a copy of the link of that week’s original post somewhere in my post? With a little help, I think I would have fun joining you talented ladies!

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