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