Weekly Theme #18: High Perspective Photography

I’ve been checking in over on the platform multiple times a day to see what kind of sweet shots our community members were turning in for last week’s challenge–the human element. As I explained in the announcement for that challenge, these are hands down my favorite types of shots to capture. When you’re taking these sorts of photos and everything comes together, they can evoke all kinds of emotion and give the viewer a sense of what it was like to be in the exact moment you snapped the photo.

I was delighted, of course, to see so many of you embrace the challenge–once again you really delivered. Take a look before we get started on this weeks theme–high perspective photography.

Weekly Theme #17 – Human Element Leaderboard:

Here’s a photo from Antonio Gill’s winning human element challenge entry:

Human element Photo by Antonio Gil
Photo by Antonio Gil

Great shot Antonio! And thanks to everyone who participated in the human element challenge.

Weekly Theme #18 – High Perspective Photography

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been photographing a lot of people so I thought I’d mix it up a little and throw some landscapes into the mix. But not just any kind of landscape, we wanna see what you can capture from above. Grab your wings everyone, we’re lifting off! This week, let’s challenge ourselves to test out our understanding of composition by finding a higher perspective and shoot from above.

If you’re just joining us for our weekly themes, it’s easy and free to join in on the fun. Just create a blog post over on the PhotoBlog platform with your weekly theme photo and tag it with #weeklytheme18.

Photo by Justin Luebke
Photo by
Justin Luebke

How To Participate:

Deadline: December 11th, 2016

How to submit: Add weeklytheme18 as one of the tags in your post on the PhotoBlog platform

Check out the submissions: Check the tag weeklytheme18

Vote on your favorites: Like and comment on your favorite posts

Go Beyond Eye Level

I hope we all really push ourselves to get out of our comfort zones this week. If we can do that, I think we’ll be able to take a lot away from the challenge and turn ourselves into an even better photographer than we were yesterday.

For most of us, myself included, it’s easy to see the world at eye level. It’s only natural, right? While there’s plenty of gorgeous photos to be made on our very human perspective, if we want to grow as photographers, we need to be able to see things in all new ways. One way we can teach ourselves how to do this is by making a conscious effort to move around and look at things from all the angles. For this challenge, we’re going to focus solely on shooting from a high angle.

Try New Things

Photo by Alisa Anton
Photo by Alisa Anton

Not everything is going to look good from a high angle. The point is to try new things. To look for ways to make it work. And to develop your eye for what does and doesn’t work. The most important thing is to think outside the box. Rather than standing on the floor to take a photo of the flowers, book, and coffee, climb right up onto that bed with it and shoot it from above. Tada! Who knew a messy bed could look so pretty? It’s all about how you see things.

I think the photo above is also a good reminder that you don’t necessarily need to climb a mountain or ride a ski lift around to shoot great high perspective photography. There are lots of opportunities right under our noses. Pay attention to the small things, the ordinary, the objects we take for granted and fail to see the beauty in simply because we see them all the time. Look at those things from different angles and try to get some creative shots.

Get Inspired

I actually don’t want to get in your head too much for this week’s theme. Rather, I want to inspire you with beautiful photos. I’ve curated a variety of good examples you can browse through. Since the PhotoBlog community members come from all different parts of the world and live in different settings, I wanted to make sure there’s some inspiration to be found regardless of where you are on the planet. Scroll on and enjoy!

Remember to look down when you’re on an upper floor or level. You might be able to steal a shot like this one…

Photo by Andrew Branch

Oftentimes, the stairs themselves can make for a really interesting overhead photo, too…

high perspective photography
Photo by NG

City life is no problem. Just find yourself a rooftop and snap away…

Photo by Ben White
Photo by Ben White

Or, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself perched atop a breathtaking overlook, you better be taking photos to share with us here on PhotoBlog…

Photo by Mahir Uysal
Photo by Mahir Uysal

Of course, there’s really no need to go any farther than your backyard if you have a model willing to roll around in the grass for you!

high perspective photography portrait
Photo by Rachel Crowe

Don’t forget to look down when you’re out walking around, sometimes the best views are directly under our feet…

Photo by Redd Angelo
Photo by Redd Angelo

Know of a cool public art studio or have an artist friend? Head on over and see if you can grab some shots of all the colorful paints and mediums you’ll find there.

high perspective photography
Photo by Luis Dávila

This photo offers viewers a unique and rare perspective of a farmer’s market. It might be worth finding a nice upper level window to carefully lean out of to find the most unusual shots…

Photo by siamak djamei
Photo by siamak djamei

Find a foot bridge you can stand above and wait for something interesting to pass underneath…

high perspective photography
Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel

See what I mean? There are photo opportunities all around us as long we are actively seeking them out. And on that note, I will leave you shooting your own high perspective photographs. Remember to tag your posts with weeklytheme18 to enter them into the weekly theme. It’s a fantastic way to gain exposure for your photoblog while learning about photography at the same time.

Just one quick thing before I officially send you off into the world. I have some good news. Our weekly themes are about to get even better. Here’s why…

Improvements To The Weekly Theme

Before I head out of here, I wanted to let you all know about a really exciting change coming to our weekly theme. Starting next week, Ben McKechnie, our awesome community manager will be taking over the weekly theme posts.

Our existing community members most likely have seen Ben around on the forums, on the official blog, and his personal PhotoBlog page. He’s quickly become part of the PhotoBlog family and we couldn’t be more happy to have him involved with our weekly challenges. He knows a ton about taking great photos and has a lot to teach us!

Let’s give Ben a warm welcome! Feel free to leave a welcome message down in the comments section. I know Ben has a lot of great things in store for the weekly theme, and I’m excited to see what he will be bringing to this amazing weekly challenge group we are all building together.

On that note, stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we will be making some additional announcements I think you’re also going to really dig. For starters, we’re working on a way to make the weekly themes more accessible and easier to find.

We’re also working a new and improved way to determine the winners each week. We will begin by placing emphasis on newer photos and posts, rather than older migrated posts that already have many comments and likes–since the current system unfairly tilts the scale in their favor.

Let’s Chat!

I know change can be hard, but rest assured, these are good changes. Even though I won’t be contributing the weekly theme posts, you betcha I’m going to be working harder than ever behind the scenes to continue growing PhotoBlog into the most amazing platform and educational blog possible. In order to do that, I’d love to hear about your experience with everything here so far.

In closing, I’d like to invite you all to send me an email with any of your questions, comments, concerns, and suggestions. You can reach me at [email protected] or head over to my PhotoBlog page and send me a personal message. I’d love the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you a little better. So let me know what you’re thinking and what kind of posts you’d like to see on the official blog.

Best of luck to everyone in this week’s theme. Keep shooting and keep sharing all the amazing photos you’re all creating. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to hearing from you, let’s chat!


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Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is an adventurer and photographer based in Hawaii. When she's not climbing volcanoes or swimming with sharks, you can find her here on PhotoBlog serving as the fearless leader to the wonderful editorial staff.

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