Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

Unusual. In this week’s Photography 101 post on point of view, Lynn Wohlers offers great advice on how to show your own unique way of looking at the world:

Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.

For this challenge, let’s keep Lynn’s advice in mind. Go out and take photos and share a shot that reveals a new and different POV. You can take a picture of a familiar subject in a fresh way, as I did of the iconic London Eye in the image above. Instead of a more traditional shot — placing the structure in the middle of the frame and taking it from a more straightforward angle — I focused on the paper art plastered on a red telephone booth along the embankment, further away, and placed the London Eye in the left of the frame, seemingly insignificant.

You can consider other approaches, too:

  • Use something natural (window, tree, wall of a building, etc.) to frame your shot.
  • Get low on the ground to take a picture from a very different angle.
  • Focus on a specific part of a person, object, or structure (instead of all of it) — or intentionally cut off a part of your subject or scene.
  • Place something in between you and your subject/scene to offer a distinct perspective


This past week, I took this photo at sunrise from my back yard. What’s “unusual” in this photo is part of one of our trees in the left bottom foreground. I’ve edited the photo a bit with Picasa to increase the contrast of colours between earth and sky.  Please check out the other entries here.

Sunrise and Playground

Sunrise and Playground

This shot was taken a few minutes later, and is more of a close-up of the children’s playground.

About dimlamp
I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: dimlamp.wordpress.com gwh photos: gwhphotos.wordpress.com

One Response to Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

  1. frizztext says:

    hi Garth,
    I was amused by the proud and tough lamp post
    reaching to the sky in your first photo!
    I saw a shorter one in Berlin:
    short lamp

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