GET HIGH! by Joe Fitzpatrick

Peggy Farren 2012-12-08
  • Almost every photography book, workshop and class will mention the importance of changing your viewpoint. We are accustomed to seeing the world from eye level. A change in perspective can make the ordinary seem fresh and new.Get low, you are advised, and your photographs will be instantly improved. Children, pets, flowers and other close to the ground subjects will take on a new look when photographed at their level.

While this is great advice, going the opposite, often ignored, direction and photographing from a height will often yield a unique and interesting image. Look for balconies, bridges, stairs, overpasses and even stepladders when out shooting. Make use of them to capture an image that will draw a viewers attention.

Shooting from a balcony gives a different look to Ferraris arrayed along Fifth Avenue, Naples, Florida.

Joe Fitzpatrick above Zombiecon
Joe follows his own advice and "gets high" at Zombicon 2011. Photo by Sam Arnold.

View from Cruise ship image
Locals welcome a cruise ship at Isla de Margarita.

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