Picture Taking Styles

“The Lily of the valley, breathing in the humble grass
Answer’d the lovely maid and said: “I am a watry weed,
And I am very small, and love to dwell in lowly vales;
So weak, the gilded butterfly scarce perches on my head;
Yet I am visited from heaven, and he that smiles on all
Walks in the valley and each morn over me spreads his hand,
Saying: ‘Rejoice, thou humble grass, thou new-born lily flower,”
William Blake

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I have read blog posts and articles on styles of ‘getting the right shot.’ Usually, at the end or even in a footnote the writer will add ‘and sometimes you just have to lay on the ground!’ These little white flowers, lily of the valley, can be shot no other way but by laying on the ground. They have a delicate look and details that cannot be seen any other way. I have learned to ignore the jeering from the kids as I lay prone in the grass trying to get the focus adjusted for a ‘best shot!’

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(Click on any of the pictures to zoom-in on the details!)

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Footnote: Just to further enforce the point I am making – while shooting this last shot, I unknowingly lay on top of an ant hill entrance. The ants did not greet me in a very friendly fashion. [Sigh!] Getting the best shot possible forces me to make such great sacrifices (well, in the case, the ants made a few sacrifices too!)

10 Comments

    1. Thank you! However, in this case it was ants in the shirt, but the overall effect was the same! I like the middle picture too. It took some maneuvering on my part to get the flowers framed by the leaf.

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