Look At The World In A Different Way

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

For this shot, I was crouching in a wide split, balancing on a rock about 2 1/2 feet from shore, and the shore.

For this shot, I was pressed up against a wall, on a bridge about 22-25 feet wide, with 2 lanes of traffic and no pedestrian path.

Anyone who's gone on a trip with me knows they have to keep an eye out for me. It's not uncommon for someone to realize I'm not walking behind them anymore, and then turn around to see me laying on the floor, in the mud, shoving my camera as far under the fence as possible, for a shot. I personally think that's one of the biggest differences in photographers and non-photographers. Photographers look at the world in such a different way. I often finding myself walking around when I don't have my camera and looking at specific angles and what millimeter I would roughly be at. I've always surprised clients by lying down in the mud, or wading out into the water, laying up against a tree, twisting my body in ways that would hurt a yoga instructor. Good photographs don't always require such dedication though, sometimes photographs become so much stronger by changing your angle to the left by a foot. Another reason why I can't never seem to stay still while I have my face to a camera.

One of the great things about photography is there's so many perfect ways to look at the same thing. You can hand two world class photographers the same camera and lens, send them down the same street, and they'll come back with two albums that are polar opposite. You have a unique way of seeing things, train your brain to realize what you're seeing.

This week's blog post is pretty short but I don't think much is needed to be said. Look at the world differently. Focus on details. Try to think outside of the usual tourist shots.

For this image, I was laying in the dirt with my camera as low to the ground as possible, while tweaking my head to run parallel with the ground so I could see through the viewfinder.