Try different approaches to the same view

When you’re confronting a view that is all too familiar with you, try something new and different. Look for different angles that may highlight the view even more, or give rise to more uniqueness. It’s important to be able to see a view from many perspectives in order for you to be able to take the picture from the absolute best vantage point.

If you never look around, you’ll never know if there’s an even better view than the first one you fall in love with.

Nikon D800, 1/800 sec., f/8.0, ISO100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1/800 sec., f/8.0, ISO100, 14mm

Let’s take the Scarborough Bluffs for example. I went there not too long ago and took the photo above from a vantage point that I really liked. Ir really gave the feeling that you were high up. After some wandering around, I tried some new angles to see if I can get a whole new feel to the image.

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

The photo above is the first one I took. I decided to get down low and incorporate the ground to give more of a sense that you are standing on top of a cliff. By seeing the sand end right in front of you, and the water in the background, I thought it did a great job of making you feel like you are real close to the edge of the cliff.

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

To reduce the clutter of the surrounding grass, I cropped in tighter so you get less of the distraction, and hopefully making you feel even closer to the edge. It was an improvement, but I wasn’t too happy with the stray branches on the left hand side.

I got up and moved around and found a clear opening near the edge, and this is what I came out with.

Nikon D800, 1/125 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/125 sec., f/13, ISO 100, 24mm

With no distractions what-so-ever, it really does feel like you can fall right down the edge in front of you! Perhaps a tighter crop may work well with this too, emphasizing more of the backdrop, but overall, I’m happy with the look and feel of this image. What do you think?

The next time you go out, be sure to grab your subject from different angles and perspectives than what you would normally do. It will give you a variety of shots and one of these may end up to be your favourite amongst your shoot!

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