How I shot it: full length at ground level

April 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Ria Von StrudelRia Von Strudel Since seeing a post by Neil van Niekerk about getting low for better perspective in full length shots, I'd been looking for a chance to try it out, and my recent shoot with Ria Von Strudel presented the perfect opportunity. The brick walkway at Lake Eola is nearly perfect for this, being almost completely flat with great lines already in place for me to use for framing. As a bonus, the end of the walkway near the lake dips down, meaning I could take this shot one step further and make the ground disappear completely if I chose.

The major difference between my shot and Neil's is since I'm shooting on a DX (or APS-C, or crop sensor) camera I only needed to use an 85mm lens to achieve the effect (this is equivalent to 127mm on a full frame camera, so the focal length difference between my shot and his is largely irrelevant).

Here, I was laying on my side partway down the ramp, with the camera just high enough above the ground that the different colored bricks form a nice frame to guide your eyes to Ria. We did get some looks from passersby, but both of us are far past the point of worrying about such things. It also helped that Ria totally got this concept and even in the process of moving through six different poses never moved from the center of that frame.

Next time you're taking a full length shot, give some thought to getting low - just be sure to back up and zoom in for the best effect.


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