above and below

“Keep moving,” we are told so we do not get locked into one perspective for a shot.  Try different angles, try orienting the shot for landscape and then portrait and try different ways to frame the shot.  Try a wide angle lens in close to the subject.  Look for a new way to depict an old scene.  All good advice often found in books on creative shooting and landscape photography.

In sports shooting, these creative options might be lost if the shot is framed with the subject directly in front of the lens.  The image could be so much more interesting if these perspective lesson are applied — frame the shot so the subject is below or above the camera.  If the subject is below, the perspective adds a sense of power and dominance.  If the subject is above, a sense of drama and emotion is imparted.  Similarly, with a wide angle lens in close, the scene spreads out behind the foreground subject giving a sense of depth, distance and size.  So lay down on the court or the mound or the running track or the field and shoot up at your subject, or go above the court and shoot down, and remember the wide angle!.  Here are some examples, many lit with SB900s triggered by PocketWizard Flex TT5s and controlled by an AC3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thanks for stopping by my blog and happy 2013 …  Mark