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Get Low - Get Close

July 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Most anyone reading this post has heard it many times.  To improve your compositions, get low and get close.  I wanted to illustrate that point here with two examples of Eastatoe Falls located in western North Carolina.

The first photo is a mid-falls isolation at 92mm.  Beginning photographers often think you need to get an entire scene in your photo.  Sometimes, in fact, many times, getting a closer composition can provide vastly better and interesting photos.  Look for interesting lines and other compositional elements.

The second photo was taken at approximately the same distance but using a 24mm focal length on a wide angle lens.  But rather than take it from a standing position, I got in the water and put my camera about 8 inches over the stream.  I primarily did this is add a foreground element into my composition to get some interest in the viewfinder.  

As another example of getting close, review your compositions for any flower photography you may do.  Most often, you'll find photos other either a grouping of flowers or of a single flower.  Take it in even closer to only get a portion of a flower.  You may be pleasantly surprised at what you see.

In an earlier post I wrote about moving your body around to look at for various compositions from different angles.  But as importantly, move you focal length in and out from where you are to look for compositions within a composition.  I think you'll find your photography will improve.


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