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Get dirty

March 18, 2011

Today’s photographs are reminders to try approaching your photographs from a different perspective.  Sometimes, that means getting dirty.  I know it sounds a little cliche – people are always talking about finding a “new” way to photograph the same scene.  Sometimes it is not that easy – especially when you are in a national park and have limited options for where you are allowed to go.  But if it was easy, then everyone would have that picture, right? Sometimes you have to get your feet (and knees, and hands and butt for that matter) dirty to find a different shot.

The above picture was simple – I just laid down on the ground.  These tulips were actually only about 10 inches tall, but laying down on the ground makes them see taller than life.

These next few images might be the best examples of perspective.  When we went to Yellowstone, we kept seeing pictures everywhere of Grand Prismatic spring and all of its rainbow of colors.  Well, we get there, and the BELOW image is what we see.  Where were the colors??? All I could see was orange and smoke.  Granted, it was still beautiful, but I had my heart set on seeing the grand picture that I had been enticed with.  The spring was actually hidden behind all the smoke because it’s water was boiling hot and the air outside was cold.  So….we drove to that hill you see in the background of the shot, and climbed.  Not sure if we were “allowed” to, but we did.

And this is what we saw!  Looking back at these shots, I am sad that I didn’t have a wide angle lens at the time, so I wasn’t able to get the whole spring in one shot..but at least I was able to get some of those amazing colors:

I can’t believe that if we didn’t hike up that hill, we would have missed this completely!  You couldn’t see anything past the orange from the ground.

So today’s take home points?

Lay down

Turn around

Walk in the mud

Take a hike

Get dirty

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  1. March 18, 2011 10:47 am

    I love the colors in the water. The last two shots are breathtaking; it’s true that perspective changes everything. I tried changing the angle by lying on the ground when taking pictures of a sunset at the beach, and the results were amazing. It’s as if there were two different worlds.

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