Shoot like Tom Thumb

Get down low with this botan­i­cal project that gives an in­sect’s-eye view

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This is­sue we fresh­ened up our botan­i­cal pho­tog­ra­phy with this handy lit­tle project to give our shots a com­pletely new per­spec­tive. We nes­tled our Nikon in amongst the ferns in a shaded wood­land, and used a wide-an­gle lens to ac­cen­tu­ate the feel­ing of crawl­ing amongst the leaves.

The trick is to get the Nikon as low down as pos­si­ble and aim it sky­ward, prefer­ably with the sky shaded by the canopy above. Head out on a sunny day, but aim for a shaded spot away from di­rect sun­light. Trees pro­vide good cover, but opt for the edge of a for­est where it’s brighter as the light falls off the fur­ther into a for­est you go. In the shade the shad­ows are soft and flat­ter­ing; gone are the bright high­lights and dark shad­ows of the con­trasty di­rect light.

We looked for trees and ferns that would frame our shot, and short blue­bells added a much­needed splash of cool blues to the lower-third of our frame. There are many va­ri­eties of plant life around in the spring and sum­mer months, and it doesn’t take that long to get your shot, so it makes the per­fect project to take on when you have half-an-hour or so spare.

The trick is to get as low as pos­si­ble and aim sky­ward, prefer­ably shaded by the canopy

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