ETUDE: Different Point Of View

“The photographer must see diamonds where others see stones” – this is a thought of Assoc. Prof. Petar Abadjiev, which sends a deep philosophical and psychological message. If we think about it, this is not only valid for the world of photography, but for life around us in general. Often while seeing the big picture, we form a final opinion before we go into detail. We often fail to see the unusual under the ordinary shell. In this short etude, we will try to show what the seemingly boring things around us would look like, if we change our perspective towards them.

The following two photos were taken with a phone from the same point of view, as the one we see them every day with our own eyes:с телефон от горна гледна точка, така както ги виждаме всеки ден с очите си:

Ordinary grass in a country yard. Most people would hardly pay attention.
Small daisies in the grass. Nothing interesting as an object in a photo.

But what would happen if we changed our point of view and used different equipment? The next two photos were taken in the same place with a mirrorless camera and a 70-400 / 4-5.6 lens from a low point of view.

Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 5.6 – The low point of view, the strong defocus and the compression of the telephoto lens isolate only this small stalk from the chaos in the grass.
Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 5.6 – The low point of view, the strong defocus and the compression of the telephoto lens isolate only one of all the daisies.амо една от всички маргаритки.

Somehow things started to change, didn’t they 🙂 We now have a specific object, and the non-standard vision makes the photo different, because the ordinary viewer can’t see it that way. We immerse ourselves in the world of small things and shoot from their point of view. I was thinking that if it rained now, it would have had a beautiful effect with the backlit and the raindrops.

I tried to spray water with a small garden watering can, but the drops were not that many in order to be caught in sufficient quantity at a shutter speed of 1 / 1000sec.
Then this garden hose with a nozzle came to my aid – the water under pressure created a real “torrent”
So, I started to like the result. I increased the contrast a bit and raised the white balance to 8000K to get a warmer look.

The following few examples are made in this way

Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 4-5.6. The same daisies – a different vision..
Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 4-5.6 – a lone dandelion. The colored spots in the background are the defocused bottles used in my neighbor’s gas installation… Something so banal, but it creates such a charming background.
Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 4-5.6 – Another dandelion right before it blooms. The shutter speed is 1 / 500sec, during which time the water droplets travel a certain distance and come out as elongated lines.лено разстояние и излизат като продълговати линии.
Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 4-5.6 – here the shutter speed is 1 / 1500sec. The water drops are almost point-shaped.
Sony A9ii, Sony 70-400 / 4-5.6, shutter speed 1 / 1500sec. Strong backlight from the sun just before sunset. If you want the water droplets to shine, shoot so that light passes through them and the background is dark.
The same shot, but in this case the water is behind, not on the Primrose. So it is just a background in defocus.

And so – this short Etude was intended to show you that there are many interesting and beautiful stories around us. You just have to see them in your imagination and then try to capture them.

You can find more interesting things on the subject, in the section: “Expressive means in photography