Nice job on the From Above Point of View photos everyone!
Experimenting with different points of views of various subjects and scenes is something that my co-photographer Larry Steagall and I do daily when we are shooting. Getting up higher than our subject or crouching down low and looking up can help us tell the story we are trying to convey in an interesting and visually appealing way. Sometimes the best photo just isn’t at eye-level with one’s subject or scene.
As usual I loved the variety of subjects and shooting styles represented in the entries. And remember, there aren’t and winners or losers, I just pick a few photos that “stand-out’ to me for various reasons and ramble on about those reasons. The following photos will be published in the Sunday, March 9th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.
“USS Turner Joy” by Scott Turchin
Scott definitely went above (pun intended of course) and beyond for this challenge. With the use of radio control quadracopter he captured this beautiful shot of the USS Turner Joy. I love the composition and how the ship enters the frame from the corner leading your eye right to the middle of the image.
- “In Circle” by Adriana Cruz
- I think this is a view that many a squirrel has seen while scampering down a tree. A common sidewalk tree shot straight on is not that visually interesting, boring even. But capturing the scene from this point of view really made this a strong, well composed and most importantly an interesting photograph.
- “The Table Is Set” by Jack C. Harpel
- Oh how I wish there was one lone person sitting at that table dining or looking out the window forlornly. That addition would create an extra dimension to this still lovely photo. Person or not, I like the perspective of looking down into an empty restaurant and love the muted tones of the image.
- “Tacoma Car Museum” by Erinn Ward
- If you like snapping photos of classic cars than LeMay-America’s Car Museum is the perfect place for that. Erinn’s photo of the first floor full of Volkswagens is really nice because the from above vantage point lets the viewer get an overall view of the place that is just jam packed with colorful shiny cars. I also think that there is probably a lot of “Slug Bug!” or “Punch Buggy!” hijinks going on, on this floor of the museum.
- Paying for the daily snack by John Wright
- This photo is the perfect example of how a different point of view can make the most mundane of subjects or actions visually compelling. I love the composition of the frame and the lighting on that slightly wrinkled dollar bill (which you know that machine is just going to spit out three times before accepting it).
- “High Dive” by Deena Alley
- I like the “not found in nature” colors in this frame, okay fine those bright sunny colors are most likely found in nature but on this incredibly gray and rainy day I can’t say that I remember what those sunny colors even look like anymore. But I digress, I like this downward view of Deena’s which includes palm tree shadows and little tiny chairs that just beckon one to lounge beside the pool.