As gardeners, we are accustomed to moving around plants. On any given day, we may find ourselves kneeling down to pull weeds, bending over to harvest fruit or leaning in close to see pests. So why do we become immobile as photographers? We should be just as active around plants when we have our cameras in tow as when we don’t. That is if we want great photos.
Standing is the easiest and most common position for snapping photos (unless you have mobility challenges). But that doesn’t mean it’s always the best vantage point. In the photo below, I was standing above my Violet Sparkle Peppers. Too much of the stem is visible and it’s hard to gauge the actual size of the peppers. This photo isn’t terrible, but look at the next one.
After snapping a few shots standing up, I simply kneeled down to shoot at a different angle. You’ll find that the same peppers become more appealing when viewed at eye-level. When viewed at this angle, the shape and size of the pepper becomes easier to see.
I moved to another area of the garden to get a shot of my garden obelisk. Can you tell where I was positioned? Yep, I was standing.
By kneeling and moving slightly to one side, I could see the obelisk at a different angle and remove some of the unwanted background noise like the bricks and white siding on our house. Additionally, I was able to include the fading Zinnias in the background which reminds me that fall is coming. If kneeling doesn’t work for you, you can sit down for the same effect.
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Peace and zen,