Over on the Digital Photography School flickr group, Darren proposed a “class assignment” on Alternative Composition. It can be amazing how much a different perspective can effect a photograph. Folks have been posting great examples of this and I thought that I would join in.

The best example I have of how changing the perspective of a shot can dramatically improve a photo is of a sundial that I took while on a field trip with the boys. I had just started playing around with trying to take shots from different angles (digital cameras are wonderful for this…you do not need to worry about “wasting” film).

The first shot I took was a pretty standard picture:


Not too exciting. The sundial gets lost in the back ground and there is really no focal point.

I then started playing around with different angles. I did not realize that I had captured this shot until I got it home and downloaded it:


I really love this shot and plan on printing and framing it when I get a chance.


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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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2 Responses to Perspective

  1. Wow, Stephanie, that second shot is fabulous!

  2. Dana says:

    I love the 2nd photo, too! In fact, since I found your blog a few days ago, I’ve really been looking at Flickr and the photographic school. I joined and am wanting to post a photo for an “assignment” but so far I haven’t figured out how. Thanks again for your blog – I’m really enjoying it!