Don’t forget to Look up!
What ’s the Big Idea?
It’s very easy to photograph what’s in front of us, as our eyes scan from left to right searching for compositions. However, often looking up can be all it takes to shoot more dynamic images. Whether you are walking through forests of towering trees or large, skyscraper-packed cities, you can create unusual images by pointing the camera to the heavens.
What ’s the Key?
The key to this technique is utilising dynamic lines as much as possible. With this image of the giant redwoods in California, I wanted to show the pattern of lines that these trees create, as they are the tallest trees in the world. I mounted my Nikon D800 with a 14-24mm lens set at 14mm to accentuate the lines. The hardest part was cranking my neck to see the display using Live View! It took some minor adjustments in the framing to ensure that there were even patterns coming in from all the edges of the frame. Because the forest was so dark, I needed to use positive exposure compensation, and overexpose the scene by one stop, otherwise the dark trunks would have come out too dark. I’ve tried this same technique in cities.