Head and Shoulders Above the Horizon

Trying to keep my dad and myself busy during a visit this week, I asked him to help me illustrate a useful photographic axiom. The main difference in these two photos is that I crouched a little bit – not much at all – for the second photo. But it’s a very different photo, isn’t it? Getting a subject’s head and shoulders above the horizon completely changes the dynamic. I usually forget to do this, but I’m going to try harder to remember. Hope my knees hold out.

At my full height, Dad blends into the wall, and a tree appears to be growing out of his hat. This is your average “Uncle Ed by the garage” snapshot.

I crouched a little bit – just inches really – and completely changed the perspective and composition. Get the subject’s head and shoulders above the horizon and there will be no mistaking the subject of the photograph.

 

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3 responses to “Head and Shoulders Above the Horizon

  1. Myrna Cambianica

    do more of course … sans the wall … up close … what a wonderful face … expression works too

  2. Knees! That’s the problem isn’t it?

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