I set goals for myself. I am always looking at the work of other photographers –not to copy their style but to be inspired and to gain a new perspective of shooting. I saw some magnificent shots from amazing points of view (POV). They are so different that what I normally do I want to try that out to see if it is something I might want to add to my style.
The goal I set was to shoot from under, over, around, down, up straight-on or whatever view would give me something that was new and different from “the usual”. I realize that laying down on the sidewalk looking up at the underside of flowers while traffic whizzes by could be a bit embarrassing–but you have to sacrifice for the shot. Right? It is fun and I am seeing from a different eye these days–turning and twisting things, people and places.
I shot one of the Cosmos from underneath. The one on the right was straight on. I could not resist that piece of yellow to make the image pop. The blurry back ground is referred to as “bokeh” however, this is not true bokeh. If you do a search on the web there are many good images with true bokeh where lights are blurry shapes depending on your aperture. If you have a wide open aperture ( f/1.4, f/1.8 whatever it happens to b for your lens) your bokeh will be angled depending on how many blades are in your shutter. Round bokeh is achieved by “stopping down” (making it smaller) your aperture (larger number) to less that wide open. You can tape shapes over your lens to get leaves, stars, snowflakes. This will all be covered some time later.
The depth of field (DOF) of these image is “shallow”, meaning that very little is in focus other than the flower itself. These were shot with a 50 mm f/1.4 lens.
Try something new and different–you may have to delete a lot of images in the process–but you will learn so much from it. Thanks for stopping by.