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Old 02-28-2017   #1
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Default March Assignment/Challenge: Point of View (POV).

When we go about trying to take a picture of some subject we face a great many decisions. One of those decisions usually involves the location and orientation of the camera relative to the subject we are trying to capture often called the point of view (POV). There are so many things to consider when we place the camera, it is hard to enumerate them all, but one of the most important is the source and direction of light relative to the subject/s. Another consideration is what you want to communicate to the viewer and how best to do it. The right decisions regarding POV tend to result in ďgoodĒ images and bad decisions result in what I have in abundance in my own photographic career, bad images. This challenge is to present a BW image of some subject/s that you think turned out reasonably well and tell us some of the decisions you made in determining where to place and orient your camera. Iím going to give you an example, which for the purposes of this challenge is unacceptable, but which encompasses most of the images I take and which i think may include many of the images others may consider entering into this challenge. Incidentally, I think this is the hardest challenge Iíve issued on this forum to date.

An example that should not be followed:

This is image was (1) taken hand held, at eye level, because I didnít bother to bring a tripod, (2) at this particular orientation with this focal length because It would take too much time and effort to change the fixed 15 mm focal length lens currently on the camera, and (3) I was too lazy to move from where I was, or (4) to think about the resulting image in terms of a story line, or (5) consider how to better show the interaction of the two people in this image.

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Altho the wings are so small you'd hafta be told to
look for them, this IS a Flying Pig. So, I shot from
below. Also, due to the tree canopy, the only way
to get some relective shine was to include the belly
rather than the back, cuz the only bright opening in
the trees was near the ground, which unfortunately
further de-emphasizes the wings :-(



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A fine BW, Golem, your POV works extremely well and your rationale for its selection is well thought out. I can only wish that I could have done as well.
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Not shooting up but straight down this time. Due to
low angled late afternoon light, there is a sense that
it's on a vertical panel. But with an aerial POV, there
is no actual up, down, top or bottom to the plane of
the subject.

Given the shadows and direction of travel, I chose
to present the critter as if climbing a vertical panel.
I like the way he takes part in his own abstraction.
Every move he made formed a new relationship of
his ragged linear form to the various gentle curves
that are molded into the panel. And, yes, he's lost
one of his legs. :-(



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Sometimes you get lucky, and have an opportunity to combine what would have been 2 separate "usual" captures into 1 exciting one.
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Not shooting up but straight down this time. Due to
low angled late afternoon light, there is a sense that
it's on a vertical panel. But with an aerial POV, there
is no actual up, down, top or bottom to the plane of
the subject.

Given the shadows and direction of travel, I chose
to present the critter as if climbing a vertical panel.
I like the way he takes part in his own abstraction.
Every move he made formed a new relationship of
his ragged linear form to the various gentle curves
that are molded into the panel. And, yes, he's lost
one of his legs. :-(



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A fine discussion of the how the POV you chose impacts this image, Golem. I tend to see such relationship only after I have captured the image and am examining it later in LR or PS.
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Sometimes you get lucky, and have an opportunity to combine what would have been 2 separate "usual" captures into 1 exciting one.
A great example of the role of luck in getting a good image. As you noted, getting the boat in the image was a stroke of luck, but you did position yourself in such a way as to catch the skier coming at you rather than going away from you. A POV decision which was a good one.
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Here is a flower picture that has already appeared in color elsewhere on Photocamel, but it fits here because of my wish to emphasize the fivefold rotational symmetry of this blossom. The closeup view straight down the flower's axis of symmetry, and the square crop with the flower centered further emphasize the geometrical nature of this image. Direct sunlight would have spoiled the symmetry, hence the decision to shoot in the shade. These flowers do not usually face straight up, so I was not shooting straight down in an absolute sense.

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Here is another, this on an infrared image in full sunlight. I knew that the tree's leaves would show up as light against the dark background of the sky. The trunk came out a bit lighter than I expected but the result was still good. The neighboring boughs coming in from the top corners were left in the picture to provide additional leading lines to the main subject, the crown of the palm tree. A third bough on the right and a more distant treetop in the lower right was removed in post because it detracted from the composition. To make this job easier, I chose the viewpoint so that none of the neighboring trees overlapped the main subject as little as possible without misaligning the leading lines.

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Some lovely images, Alan, each with a well thought out rationale for camera placement and orientation. Thanks for your participation in this BW challenge, Alan, I alway look forward to your comments.


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