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In my previous post, 7 Tips For Great Low Angle Shots, I listed out a few ways to help shoot life from a lower angle.  (And thanks to those of you who mentioned using Live View, especially if your rear LCD flips out!)  Not all low angle shots need to be right on the ground looking up.  Some great shots are taken slightly higher and can still show a large degree of perspective.  To add some inspiration, I filed through the Creative Commons images on Flickr to find some examples that I find fun, exciting, different or just cool.  I hope they spark a few ideas to get you out and shooting!

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  • Al Wehrmann August 16, 2012 04:11 am

    Hmmm, it doesn't look like my photos made it through on my previous post. Let's try again.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15421875@N08/7785238340/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15421875@N08/7785238496/

  • Al Wehrmann August 15, 2012 11:35 am

    It has been over a year since I submitted a low-angle shot, but am finding this viewpoint helps add immediacy to photos. Here are a couple of recent examples from along Lake Michigan just a couple of weeks ago.

  • Jester August 15, 2012 02:56 am

    Nice shots. These low angle shots looks more powerful than regular ones for sure. :P

  • rich August 8, 2011 03:18 pm

    i will try this low angle shots more often

  • Terri Anderson April 29, 2011 01:19 pm

    took this over the weekend at the beach

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagebyterrianderson/5664175234/

  • Jamie April 18, 2011 10:00 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejr/4527235708/' title='Chav' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4527235708_89613501ab.jpg']

  • Jamie April 18, 2011 09:59 am

    greetings all
    some great shots here! here's a few i've taken:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejr/2105340858/' title='bruce swilling by jamie robinson' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2105340858_022e6c3ed4.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejr/2114511474/' title='The Oldest Brewery in Australia' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2409/2114511474_3dc137f5d6_z.jpg?zz=1']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejr/4527235708/' title='Chav' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4527235708_89613501ab.jpg']

  • Erik Kerstenbeck February 19, 2011 02:47 pm

    Hi

    About as low as you can go - an antique circular Saw blade and all its rusty glory

    SAW VX: http://t.co/YjsW9w4

    Regards, Erik
    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art

  • Chandira February 18, 2011 05:42 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/5374680292/

  • Chandira February 18, 2011 05:41 am

    Here's one of my own personal favorites, Seattle's Space Needle, taken from almost directly below.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/5374680292/ "

  • Chandira February 18, 2011 05:36 am

    I haven't been able to get down low since I bust my kneecap last July! I am looking forward to the day I can easily bend down low to take a decent low angle shot.
    It's something I love to do, alter the perspective and viewpoint of a shot somehow. I have had to play for now with high angle things, which are much easier.. lol

  • Erik Kerstenbeck February 17, 2011 02:11 pm

    Hi

    OK, so this may be a bit of a strech for this topic, but this was surely shot at a low angle and at 850 Magnification!

    The eye of an Ant using Scanning Electron Microscopy!

    Here's Looking at You!: http://t.co/oCS8mYR

    Cheers, Erik
    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art

  • SandiePics February 8, 2011 02:19 am

    Inspiring pictures that make me want to go for a walk, and photograph during my lunch time.

  • sukhmon February 8, 2011 12:09 am

    I love all the pic...i want to capture like this...thank you for sending me this link......have fun an TC

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=99525&l=8378d98e5c&id=100001623282654

  • sukhmon February 7, 2011 10:55 pm

    I love all picture and i thought i should upload main too....

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=241227&l=29470829c9&id=100001623282654

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=99526&l=d512f67006&id=100001623282654

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=136607&l=b073bddc6f&id=100001623282654

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=136610&l=f2718d77b9&id=100001623282654

  • amir paz February 4, 2011 09:26 am

    i love low angle shots, they make the coolest pictures :)

    here are some of mine :

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/3493947561/in/set-72157617668383580/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/4498105080/in/set-72157617668383580/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/2949301684/in/set-72157617668383580/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/4568883794/in/set-72157623969708104/

    Amir

  • Erik Kerstenbeck February 2, 2011 06:27 pm

    Hi

    Here is a low angle look at a Marine Jet...10mm gives some dynamics to this cool shot

    DOUGLAS F3D-2 "SKY KNIGHT": http://t.co/8DpjYa5

    Regards, Erik

    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art

  • Al Wehrmann February 2, 2011 07:08 am

    Great post! I'll add one of mine, too!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15421875@N08/4683429141/in/set-72157624253997269/

  • tchudson January 31, 2011 07:49 am

    Messed it up the first time. Photo of a bullsnake on a Colorado dirt road.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tchudson/4034952023/' title='bullsnake' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2720/4034952023_3b4dd97490.jpg']

  • tchudson January 31, 2011 07:46 am

  • William January 30, 2011 04:58 pm

    Uh, you realize you just posted a bunch of photos explicitly licensed "noncommercial" on a privately owned photo blog that has ads?

    I love DPS and if it were my photo I'd be happy to grant usage, and furthermore I bet most of the people who posted those photos wouldn't mind either. Just saying that legally speaking I think you've crossed a line.

  • Linda Holmes January 30, 2011 03:02 pm

    I love taking photos from a low angle - they can give an otherwise not so interesting photo a totally unique and interesting look. Great collection - here are some of my examples
    http://lindaphotoart.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/summer-is-coming/over-the-table/

  • Rhett McCarthy January 30, 2011 11:43 am

    Love all these images.. Really cant pick a favorite!!

  • Joe Federer MN January 30, 2011 09:54 am

    That lead image brought me in -- well conceptualized, and executed.

  • Michelle True January 29, 2011 02:05 pm

    Fantastic collection of low angle images! Hard to pick a favorite!

  • AlwaysBreaking January 29, 2011 11:11 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for featuring my photo (the one of leaves in a gutter). And thanks to everyone for the faves on Flickr.

  • DrKoob January 29, 2011 05:11 am

    If you have trouble getting down (and up) for low angle shots try a tripod. Auto focus and expose and either timer or remote release.

  • Sabee Kazmi January 29, 2011 02:35 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabeecaptures/3292562938/
    Have a look at this low angle pic ..

  • Raleigh Wedding Photographer January 28, 2011 01:32 pm

    The two photos near the top with the leaves are awesome! I'm a huge fan of different angles. I think its the main thing that adds interest to a photo to keep you interested in the details. I take about 60% of my photos without looking through the viewfinder because I'm holding the camera high or low or on a funny angle. Thanks for an article right down my alley!
    [eimg url='http://www.islandcreekphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/DSC_57551.jpg' title='DSC_57551.jpg']

  • Bryan Grant January 28, 2011 11:55 am

    great bunch of photography. great to keep an open "perspective"

  • patman January 28, 2011 05:53 am

    [eimg url='http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_let5chcQON1qfavbho1_500.jpg' title='tumblr_let5chcQON1qfavbho1_500.jpg']

    http://not-a-toy-mom.tumblr.com

  • Ed van Loon January 28, 2011 04:35 am

    Great shots !

    Here some of my low angle view on the beach.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/edvanloon/5081416559/' title='' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/5081416559_f301373080.jpg']

  • trupz January 28, 2011 03:33 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/adityo/5359225451/

  • Brian January 28, 2011 03:28 am

    I like the frozen leaf low angle shot. That is so creative. It has inspired me. I wil make some composition and post back later.

  • Lana January 28, 2011 03:21 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanamartinez/5366350600/' title='Blackhawk Car Museum_011711_0479' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5049/5366350600_07aed6d3cf.jpg'][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanamartinez/5366350600/]Blackhawk Car Museum_011711_0479[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/lanamartinez/]lana.martinez[/url], on Flickr[/img]

  • Lana January 28, 2011 03:18 am

  • Karen White January 28, 2011 03:13 am

    Inspiring examples. I particularly like the frozen leaf and the escalator. I've tried a few low angle shots myself - here's one I was happy with.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/finlap/5369936856/

  • Gerard January 28, 2011 02:56 am

    Simple shot taken lying down on a beach...
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/birchenhillca/4917853459/' title='DSC_5567A' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4917853459_7ee0349ef3.jpg']

  • Paul Davis January 27, 2011 07:52 pm

    Love the swans

    Although they are creatures to treat with utmost respect at nesting time

  • Mike cook January 27, 2011 10:14 am

    Awesome images. Makes me want to view my own work from a different perspective.

  • Mandeno Moments January 26, 2011 09:27 pm

    If you can't compose on the LCD you can get right angle viewfinders that attach to a DSLR's eyepiece. They're L-shaped and you look down into the top of the L: basically they're a periscope.

    Some Ricoh cameras have an accessory electronic viewfinder that tilts up 90 degrees, eg GX100 & GX200.

    It's not terribly rigid, but an Ultrapod II will hold a 4lb camera a few inches off the ground and fit in a loose pocket. I have one and it's a great 'just in case' tripod. Avoid the Ultrapod I, it's too flimsy.
    http://www.pedcopods.com/specsup2.htm

    There's also the Slik Mini tripod. I have one and it's very good for table top and low angle work, although I'd prefer the ball head version rather than my tilt-and-swivel type. Slik doesn't give a load rating; I'm guessing that a Canon 30D + 28mm would the realistic limit, and even that might be pushing it.

    The Ultrapod and Slik are budget options rather than ideal choices.

    One of my low angle shots (note the title):
    http://mandenomoments.com/artistic/e2e34f31a

  • Erik Kerstenbeck January 26, 2011 10:49 am

    Hi

    My two previous images were of old rusty vehicles, but using a low composition approach to architecture and a wide angle lens can add some striking scope and drama as demonstrated in these shots

    Behind the Green Door II, Rome: http://t.co/pDDxTIO

    Mausoleum Door, Rome: http://t.co/WtCJ8gM

    Library Courtyard, Rome: http://t.co/VtO1PgQ

    I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the contributors images in the comments section

    Regards, Erik Kerstenbeck
    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art

  • Warren Laidler January 26, 2011 08:49 am

    Great pics! I love low angle shots. Lately I've started to incorporate more of the style into my own work. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Rohit Acharya January 26, 2011 07:06 am

    Love the bike shot. Here are couple of mine. ( www.flickr.com/rhohit)

  • Dallas Wedding Photographer Powell Pictures January 26, 2011 07:00 am

    oh what a new way of looking!

  • Munish January 26, 2011 12:56 am

    Awesome angles and shots...... :)

    http://picasaweb.google.com/plmunish/2010#5566121787649872162[/img]

  • THE aSTIG @ CustomPinoyRides.com January 26, 2011 12:33 am

    The VOD Cars picture of a Lamborghini makes sense. For most cars, low angle shots are better. Just like the car photography I do for my website.

    Here's a sample of a good shot of an airbagged Nissan Cefiro:
    http://custompinoyrides.com/2010/12/vip-style-a32-nissan-cefiro-by-careation/

    I said "most", but not "all. Because sometimes, it can also be detrimental, like on this photo of a BMW, where the worm's eye view didn't turn out nice. And I higher angle shot would've been more appropriate:
    http://custompinoyrides.com/2011/01/a-bimmer-with-bling-and-sing/

    So it's still best to shoot from different angles, and pick the best photos in the end. But make sure to throw in a few low angle shots, as it just may turn out to be awesome!

  • Sam Bayer January 25, 2011 11:35 pm

    Snail crossing take two....

    http://flic.kr/p/9d545s

  • Sam Bayer January 25, 2011 11:31 pm

    Why did the snail cross the road? I'm not sure. I didn't have time to wait to find out :-)

  • Ryan SB January 25, 2011 07:41 pm

    Thanks for using my photo - I was confused why I was suddenly getting so much more traffic at my Flickr site - all becomes clear now.

  • Salahuddin Ahmad Photography January 25, 2011 04:29 pm

    I dont say low angle but i say perspective

  • Salahuddin Ahmad Photography January 25, 2011 03:35 pm

    Here is one from my work

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/neelelora/5176362095/in/set-72157624987493335/

  • Salahuddin Ahmad Photography January 25, 2011 03:33 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/neelelora/

  • Tanya January 25, 2011 12:28 pm

    I tried. :p

    [eimg url='http://static.zooomr.com/images/9741849_31f8ce36eb.jpg' title='9741849_31f8ce36eb.jpg']

  • Dan B January 25, 2011 10:58 am

    Amazing shots! You've shown that photography is a fine art that requires a unique and creative eye. Thanks for the post!!

    Dan
    http://www.photographerdetroit.net

  • Darren Hester January 25, 2011 10:50 am

    Nice collection of inspiring images. Makes me want to try some low angle shots. :-)

  • Ed O'Boyle January 25, 2011 09:09 am

    Wow, great choices. I especially like the b&w and the starfish-like leaf. Looking up gives great perspective.

  • Carl Caruana January 25, 2011 08:41 am

    These shots are INSANE!!!

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer January 25, 2011 07:04 am

    Being a super-car fan it is easy to pick my favorite shot from all those, the Lamborghini Gallardo Superlaggera! Still, there is great variety in the type of photograph all these low-angle examples were chosen from. It has given me low-angle shot ideas I had not thought of before and seems like I have a photography project to try out this week. One past low-angle example of downtown Tampa:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2010/4/1/photography-tip-vanishing-point.html

    Will there be an accompanying high-angle post soon?

  • Carolyn January 25, 2011 06:54 am

    I love low angle photography! This is my current favorite:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=182022648482232&set=a.174879819196515.40455.170070809677416

  • Kyle Bailey January 25, 2011 06:32 am

    A great selection of shots - thanks for sharing!
    Here are a couple of mine that I enjoyed shooting.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylebailey/5037980255/' title='100905 Seattle 7830' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037980255_df3c48c058_z.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylebailey/4972861837/' title='081710 Oregon 232' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/4972861837_e40abcef4b_z.jpg']

  • christine giglio January 25, 2011 05:47 am

    This is a low shot of a stream here in New Jersey. It has been in the teens all week but this strong little stream refused to freeze.
    http://kryssiesdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

    [eimg url='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_z7ohRnDhfC4/TTr5NH0KRnI/AAAAAAAADwQ/H42LTR2lVes/s1600/water.jpg' title='water.jpg']

  • Adilson Andrade January 25, 2011 05:37 am

    Hi All,
    With a ultra wide angle it gets even better.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/adilson_aracaju/5340654731/' title='Três cores' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5340654731_9c20cf7e51_z.jpg']

  • anonymous January 25, 2011 04:58 am

    The one by jamesjustin is amazing. I never really thought consciously about those yellow patterns on the floor, but the photo is like Japan encapsulated. Wish I still lived there. Fernando's is my favourite, though.

  • RenAlberFoto January 25, 2011 04:23 am

    Very cool shots. I've always liked shots from lower angles. I'll have to try some more of this technique and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

  • turbodante January 25, 2011 04:22 am

    Another vote to use live view...

  • Gary January 25, 2011 04:19 am

    These are all great. Sometimes the angle makes all of the difference.

    One of my photos as an example

  • fortunato_uno January 25, 2011 04:11 am

    Great examples. I would have liked some comentary about what you like (as a working pro) in the various images. We would probaley have different thoughts but, it would be nice to hear your thoughts.

  • Aggie January 25, 2011 04:02 am

    Just beautiful .. managed to get a few ideas.. cheers :)

  • Ian January 25, 2011 04:02 am

    I love low angle photography. Here's a couple of mine...

    Wrigley Field -
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boukou9/3855003198/in/set-72157622011955733/.

    Veterans Park, Milwaukee -
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boukou9/4019755378/in/set-72157622604160602/

  • Serisha January 25, 2011 03:56 am

    Here is mine[

    img]http://serisha.smugmug.com/Other/My-Smug-Mug/14627034_F6pHf#1106610035_nGHsT-A-LB[/img]

  • Peter January 25, 2011 03:49 am

    When I was a lad more than 50 years ago virtually all cameras were viewed at waist height and it was not until the advent of the japanese SLRs that eye level view finders came into vogue. I always preferred pictures taken at lower angles especially when taking pictures of people and portraits. It gives them a more majestic look.

  • Dave Wetty January 25, 2011 03:48 am

    Thought I'd add mine too...[eimg url='http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/024/0/c/beach_reeds_by_studiowetty-d37xt7s.jpg' title='beach_reeds_by_studiowetty-d37xt7s.jpg']

  • Serisha January 25, 2011 03:45 am

    I really curious to to know how the photographer got that effect of water ripples. It is really beautiful

  • ScottC January 25, 2011 03:24 am

    Nice examples, though not the best way to photograph low angles "Live View" is certainly handy when the conditions are not so good. I'm kind of missing the Live View function on my old DSLR.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5088245057/

  • Ignacio Adasme January 25, 2011 02:38 am

    This is my best low angle shot....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/i-nacho/3825431852/

  • Shelly M January 25, 2011 02:24 am

    Here's my shot! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Erik Kerstenbeck January 25, 2011 02:16 am

    Hi

    Great collection. I like to shoot low with my 10-20mm. Here are two shots of the same rusty vehicle from two different low perspectives. They convey totally diffferent connotations!

    Blow Out: http://t.co/GX5wG75

    Flat Tire, San Diego: http://t.co/ZWwWIZb

    Regards, Erik
    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art

  • Killian January 25, 2011 02:01 am

    I like this. It's hard for me to get down onto the ground and back up (permanently ruined knee) so I tend to just not do it. But I think it could really be fun to see things from the other side, so to speak.

    My favorite shot is by far, the frozen leaf, but several others are quite striking as well.

  • Adrienne January 25, 2011 01:48 am

    Amazing! The one with the bike (2nd bike pic) actually makes me feel like I am moving!

  • shayne weltmer January 25, 2011 01:44 am

    Nice JOB! I like the frozen leaf the best. Some great ideas

  • Neil January 25, 2011 01:24 am

    i took these in london and rome about a foot off the ground.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50432810@N05/5229583123/in/set-72157625523444810/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50432810@N05/5230315398/in/set-72157625398068851/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50432810@N05/5230286790/in/set-72157625398068851/


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