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Grating, Shadow, Adobe

If you feel that you’re missing out photographically, there are a couple of easy tricks that can snap you out of the visual doldrums.

The first is this: get closer. Maybe even a lot closer. Getting closer not only lets you see detail you might otherwise miss, it also changes how things look through the lens (lenses bring their own depth of field and angle of view).

The second is this: get low or get high. You are used to seeing things from your own eye-height. Of course everything looks familiar and ordinary from that perspective! So squat. Or, you could climb up on a chair.

The more you do to bust up your visual routine, the more you’ll stretch your idea of what’s beautiful.

A Year Ago: Waiting

Dog in Doorway, Georgetown, Washington DCI stood there for a minute or two taking pictures. The dog never came down off the porch…
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