It All Depends on Your Point of View

It all depends on your point of view. As a left wing, bleeding heart, America hating, secular humanistic liberal I think Obama’s been a terrible sell out to the neocon and corporate interests. You, on the other hand, as a Tea Partrying, Southern, Christian, gun toting conservative think he’s the communist, fascist, Kenyan born anti-Christ.

Point of view can make a huge difference in photography, too. A unique point of view can save a photo that might otherwise be cliche or hackneyed. Take this photo of the Eiffel Tower, for example:

by KurtMunz

It’s not a bad photo, its just that you’ve seen this shot a thousand times. Yawn. You can buy this point of view in dozens of postcards in every tourist trap in Paris. The shot below, however, taken from an entirely different point of view, uses the tower to create a geometric puzzle that delights the eye:

by Palindrome6996

Patrick Smith is one of my favorite Flickr photographers. If you want to be a decent landscape photographer study his site. He never, ever settles from the routine point of view. The man’s a fanatic, often studying an scene for months, or years, to find just the right point of view, and time, and date, and weather. Here’s a jaw dropping set of pictoral lessons on using point of view to enhance a photograph.

Before class is dismissed, here’s a girl who would look great from any point of view (original by Stinkie Pinkie, modified by me)…

All photos subject to a creative commons license

Like Burlesque? Photos of lovelies from back in the day…

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