Been changing my perspective on a few things recently, thus not a lot of blogging... not a lot of photography for that matter either.
Changed that today. Went for a hike. Something about being outdoors, if not in nature, at least next to it. If I didn't know it before, I learned it several years ago on a 2 week road trip encompassing the western U.S. To change your perspective, sometimes all you have to do is turn around. It's just something I enjoy, truly enjoy. Marry that with photography, and you can just sense the changes starting to happen.
I restrained my photography to the use of a compact camera, a Nikon Coolpix S50. It's handy (literally smaller than the size of my palm, and attaches nicely to a backpack), durable (fallen in water, and still going), and has some pretty amazing features actually. Definitely fun to play with.
The changing perspective thing as it relates to photography. Well... take this first shot.
On to the second shot...
A definite change in perspective. Truth be told, I kneeled on a rock and shifted my focus to telling more about the place I was at. If you've been up on Cowles' Mountain in San Diego, you know this view. That's what I wanted to accomplish with this image. The flowers are in bloom, the skies are their usual state of San Diego-ness, and Lake Murray just kind of hangs out lazily near the horizon. If you look carefully, you can even see people coming up on the trail. A much better sense of place, but just too busy for my parting shot, and only a moderate change in perspective.
Sometimes it just takes a little time to figure out the direction you want to go in. If it doesn't work, you can always change your perspective and work towards something else. Keep working though!