Friday, March 9, 2007

Change of view, part II

Since we now know that getting down low can help an otherwise sedate picture scene it follows that rising above it all can also lead to better pictures.

I was assigned to photograph the new general manager of the Altamont Raceway and after a series of photos atop the starter’s cage perched precariously above the racetrack I saw a different scene. I had the general manager stand on the start finish line and then stood astride the small cement wall surrounding the track. I held the camera at arms length and asked him to look at the camera.

The result was a nice clean background of the racetrack with the checkered line giving a race flavor to the photo. It was an otherwise mundane portrait elevated by a change of altitude.

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