All About Angles

April 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

One of the hardest things I struggle with as a photographer is choosing THE angle for my final image.  I take dozens of shots at any given place and sometimes any given object.  I try different angles and different settings, sometimes different angles with different settings.  The first thing I do when I get my images up on my Mac is do a quick run though, to see what I've done.  Then I start whittling the images down to the one or ones I want.  I might have 5 great shots of one object, but who wants to see those?  No one whats to see the same thing over and over. It gets boring.  Art should never be boring.

So how do I choose?  It's not easy.  I started out asking a few of my best friends.  That never quite worked out as well as I hoped.  Half would like one, the other half would like another.  So I started asking one friend.  You'd think that would be easier, right?  It's not.  It doesn't change how I feel about each image.  You see, they each mean something different.  They tell a different story, just in the angle.

 

1Vertical

There is the "up close and personal" shot.  The details of the background are gone and you feel like you can reach out and touch it.  You are so close, you can't even see the entire subject without moving your head.

2Horizontal

Then there is the "step back".  You see everything in front of you.  The details of the mountain, far in the distance, rocks, flowers, a tree, and the entire subject.  The different elements come together perfectly. 

3Vertical with Rainier

Finally, there is the combination of both. Details of the foreground and background, but with an artistic twist.

So how do I choose?  Well I thought I had my favorite one finally chosen when I started writing...but now I see one in a new light.  I guess I just wait until one finally jumps out at me.


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