Gallery: ways of seeing
To me, photography is an art of observation . . . I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.Elliott Erwin
It’s all too easy perhaps to spot something photo-worthy, grab a couple of shots and move on. But I’ve found that the first shot you take, or even the third, is rarely the best. In the ‘old days’ of film photography, most of us could only afford to take two or three shots at most. If you wanted to come away with a memorable image it was important to take your time, walk around the subject and choose the best perspective.
Today we can enjoy the luxury of being able to do both, to take the obvious shot and the less obvious. And that’s what I usually try to do. I think of my first few shots as ‘record shots’; they’re an accurate record of what I saw (the building, the monument, the animal, the scenery). But they are rarely the most interesting image that I’ll take away from the scene; that comes later. Often that will be a small detail, but sometimes it’s a view from a completely different angle.
And that’s what Cee asks us to find for this week’s CBWC challenge: an unusual perspective. So I trawled my archives and came up with this selection. None of these, except maybe the photo of a Moroccan desert village taken from a balloon, will have been my first ‘take’ on the subject. But all of them, I hope, will give you a different perspective on it. All images apart from the NYC one were edited with Nik Silver Efex; the one from Top of the Rock was converted with Photoshop Elements.
A Moroccan desert house photographed from a balloon
Donkeys in the Colca Canyon area, Peru, photographed from higher up the hill
From looking down to looking up; trees at Kielder Water, Northumberland
Getting down to a dog’s eye-level view at a café in Hanoi, Vietnam
A distorted view, looking through the glass of Cape May Lighthouse, NJ
Another distortion; London’s Docklands reflected in a street sculpture
And another very weird reflection, this time in a street sculpture near St Paul’s cathedral, London (photographer included!)
Taken as we were leaving Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Looking for a different angle on a much-photographed sight: La Giralda, Seville, reflected in a night time puddle
And the Empire State Building as seen from the Top of Rock, NYC. Do the coin-operated binoculars look like a face to you, also enjoying the view?
Zooming in on a building in Hoxton, east London
And finally, a different sort of selfie; a self-portrait on crutches, Essaouira, Morocco
Another great set of photos from around the world, Sarah. I love your perspective and take on the views. Felt like a voyeur looking at the home in Morocco from the air, though.
Thank you Annie. Yes, that shot was a bit voyeuristic although I suspect that living near the balloon launch site they get used to people flying overhead.
Oh, the Places We See
Wow! Love these perspectives. And the photo of the trees is one I can try right here in Knoxville. Thanks for the ideas and tips.
Thank you 😊 I love looking straight up at trees, so pointing the camera upwards comes quite naturally to me!
Lovely shot of the trees at Northumberland and such an interesting shot in the car’s mirror in Wyoming.
But, as always, all your photo’s are taken from such amazing angles … which make me want to look at them more than just once!
Thank you so much, I’m glad you get so much out of them 😊😊
I loved the Docklands photo in particular. A really varied selection. The first two though, I couldn’t help hankering for in glorious technicolor!
Thanks Margaret 🙂 Actually the originals of those first two aren’t really in glorious technicolour. It was a fairly dull morning and early, so the light was flat and uninteresting. But if you want to see them they’re in this post: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/reaching-for-the-sky-again-in-africa/
Ah, thanks! Yes, I do think that village shot is enlivened by a bit of colour, however muted. And I remember that cracking post from fist time round.
Another great gallery Sarah, all such different perspectives, you are so clever 🙂
Ah, thank you Alison, I’m blushing 😊 But not clever – I just use my eyes, take my time (when I can) and edit out the duds!!
Black and white gives so much to photos. I especially love the puddle photo Sarah 🙂 🙂
Thanks so much Brian, and I agree about B&W – it makes us see things a bit differently 🙂
I love your perspective on this, Sarah.😍
Thank you, I appreciate the feedback 🙂
I looove the balloon shots, the rearviewmirror, and especially the Hoxton building. Not missing colours in these at all! And as you thank me for the cats, I must thank you for the dog. <3 You can always get to the dog level.
Thank you Manja, you’re more than welcome for the dog photo. I found him cute, and so patient waiting for his owner to drink coffee and chat! Glad you didn’t miss the colours too 😉
Oh, the puddle! Exquisite.
Thank you, so glad you liked it 😀
Excellent series of unique perspectives, Sarah. The donkeys, the little dog and feet, the puddle reflection caught my eye in particular. All deserved a closer look. Thanks!
Thank you Jane 😊 I always appreciate feedback on your favourites!
Outstanding examples, Sarah!
Thanks so much Janet 🙂
Brilliant stuff again!
Thank you 🙂
Your first sentences are so true
Thanks Sue – I think any photographer would feel the same!
Mr du Chemin would be pleased!
Not sure I understand Sue?
Oh, he’s a Canadian photographer and I have learnt quite a lot from him
I’ll look out for him – thanks 🙂
Sarah, these are wonderful perspectives for this week. Thanks ever so much for playing 😀
My pleasure Cee, I enjoyed the challenge!