silent sunday

Nikon D750      f/4.5     1/2,000    85mm     800 ISO

a photo study: low angle

This week’s photo challenge has been inspired by Ted Forbes’ Using Low Angle video.  Low-angle composition invites the photographer to create images with different and unique perspectives.

We generally experience our daily lives at eye level and often feel more comfortable photographing at eye level. Low angle photography invites us to look up…to create images from any point below eye level which gives the effect of looking up at an object or person.  Also you can go to the extreme and show a worm’s eye view of the world.


A worm’s-eye view is a view of an object from below, as though the observer were a worm; the opposite of a bird’s-eye view. It can be used to look up to something to make an object look tall, strong, and mighty while the viewer feels child-like or powerless. A worm’s eye view commonly uses three-point perspective, with one vanishing point on top, one on the left, and one on the right.


To photograph low angle composition, you will need to crouch, bend, or get down onto the floor.  A personal note ― have found that when crouching I need to find a way to brace myself as without there often is a slight tremble which, sigh, results in a  blurred image. 


A low angle perspective increases the height of the subject.


It creates an image where the subject appears more powerful and  dramatic.


It lends empathy to a viewer as through a shared experience of a toddler’s world within a playground setting or standing before three-feet ocean waves.

This angle is also great when you wish to capture the mood.


I began this photo study project about 18 weeks ago with an intention to develop, expand, and share my understanding of photography throughout 2018. Regrettably, I am finding that this project is being negatively impacted by some vision difficulties which may require  eye surgery within the next couple of months. Consequently, I have decided to reblog some photo educational posts from other bloggers…sorta like using blogs as substitute teachers. I hope you will find them as inspiring and informative as I have.

To close this week’s photo study, please enjoy these two Ted Forbes’ videos on low angle photography.

Ono no Komachi

While watching 

the long rains falling on this world

my heart, too, fades

with the unseen color

of the spring flowers.

~Ono no Komachi (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)


Izumi Shikibu

Left behind

to grow old in this world

without you,

the flowers I pick lose their beauty,

dyed with dark ink.

~Izumi Shikibu  (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

painting the moon


the bright moon in raindrops
from the eaves…
the geese depart

~Issa (

Nikon D750     f/4.5    1/1.280    85mm   800 ISO