Day 159- Double Dutch

by Drohask June. 08, 2010 2309 views

While doing a little reading this past weekend, we came across a reference to dutch angles. Not being familiar with this term, we dutifully ran off and googled it. As it turns out, a dutch angle is the result of tilting the camera to the side while shooting so that the horizon is at an angle to the bottom of the frame. Because the angle puts the viewer off balance, it can be an effective way to convey uneasiness or tension in the scene.

We've seen some other PBers use dutch angles really effectively (even though we didn't know what they were called at the time) so we wanted to try our hand at the technique.

Today's photos are of a couple of 7 foot tall fibreglass figureheads that were painted by local artists. There were a total of 40 of these figureheads commissioned in 2007 and displayed throughout Halifax. They were then auctioned off to raise funds for Easter Seals, an organization that assists people in the province who have physical disabilities. Our subjects now find their home in front of the Cunard Centre, which hosts concerts and conventions.

Hask photographed this mermaid figurehead entitled Fisherman's Catch which was created by artist Trudi Curley

Dro captured “Jed the Pirate” which was created by artist Ross Campbell

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Ray King 9 years, 4 months ago

Your angles worked well. And thanks for the lesson. I was clueless on that one!

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Kelly Lamaster 9 years, 4 months ago

Ooh Cool. I learned a new term. Thanks! :) I'm a fan, myself, just didn't know what they were called!

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm a "googler", so I really appreciate the info you attached to the post, plus the use of the angle. When I try that, it just looks crooked! Great captures here, especially the clarity and colors in the mermaid. Thanks for enlightening us - and thanks for liking my "rock collection" post today!!

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Anika 9 years, 4 months ago


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