After years of photographing field sporting events I’ve come up with a simple rule that I employ on almost every shoot: the floating camera technique.
As an adult (in my mind anyway), raising and lowering the camera from the “tourist off the tour bus perspective”, creates two additional perspectives during the same shoot. Standing while shooting makes kids look smaller by virtue of the fact that I’m taller than the subjects I’m photographing. IMHO it makes them a less significant contributor to the photograph.
As I kneel and lie down to shoot, the drama and impact of the photograph increases. The triptych at the top of this post illustrates how the ground becomes less important and the subject becomes more heroic as the camera drops.
Just remember to bring a towel for those wet dewey mornings or the ride home will be a cold one….(:(*)
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