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Down Low: Shots Made From A Low Vantage Point

Judging from the number of entries we received, readers really enjoy getting down…low, that is. We received images made in the middle of the road, on forest floors, and inside city parks and palaces. All the images share a low vantage point and look up at a world not often seen. This point of view can be quite startling, especially with deep depth of field employed.

Slide Into Third
Stan Denny is the team photographer for Louisville’s AAA team, and he got this dynamic shot from the dugout steps using a Nikon D300 and a 300mm f/4 lens. Exposure at ISO 400 was f/5.6 at 1⁄1000 sec.
© SportsImage/Stan Denny, All Rights Reserved

This cat’s eye view came from David G. Jacobs, who worked with a Nikon D70S and an 18-70mm lens. Exposure was f/5.6 at 1⁄250 sec.
© 2010, David G. Jacobs, All Rights Reserved

Tulips Down Low
Roy J. Allen III amusingly described this as a “wet belly” shot, as the sprinklers came on in the Descanso Gardens as he worked. He shot with a Canon EOS 30D and a 300mm f/4 lens; exposure was f/4 at 1⁄400 sec.
© 2010, Roy J. Allen III, All Rights Reserved

Copenhagen Harbor
Looking every bit like a lobster claw, this crane hoist and environs were photographed by Lloyd F. Bloom with a Nikon D300 and a Sigma 10-20mm lens. Exposure was f/22 at 1⁄100 sec.
© 2010, Lloyd F. Bloom, All Rights Reserved

Ascending The Beacon
Robert Thurston made this nine-shot HDR composite while looking up into the Oak Island Lighthouse in North Carolina. He photographed with a Nikon D300 and an AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm lens. Processing was in Photomatix Pro and Photoshop CS3.
© 2010, Robert Thurston, All Rights Reserved

Mouse Eye View
The three-shot combo processed in Photomatix Pro was photographed by Don Menges at the Starry Nite Café in Rochester, New York. He worked with a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 24-120mm lens.
© 2010, Don Menges, All Rights Reserved

Raymond L. Emery made this shot “flat on his stomach” with an Olympus C-4040. Exposure was f/2 at 1⁄100 sec.
© 2010, Raymond L. Emery, All Rights Reserved

Tom Cummings got this unique point of view at the Cushing, Oklahoma, rodeo with a Canon EOS 20D and a Canon 24-70mm lens. Exposure was f/4 at 1⁄200 sec.
© 2010, Tom Cummings, All Rights Reserved

Hannah Zackson Wolk made this photo with an iPhone app called PhotoForge. This is her first iPhone submission, and our first iPhone Picture This! shot.
© 2010, Hannah Zackson Wolk, All Rights Reserved

Tall In The Saddle
And what better way to show it than a down-low perspective? Fredric Fink made this shot with a Canon EOS 40D and a Sigma 18-200mm lens; exposure was f/11 at 1⁄250 sec.
© 2010, Fredric Fink, All Rights Reserved

Hubcap View
Frank Goroszko captured the reflection with a Nikon D70 and a Tamron 18-200mm lens; exposure was f/8 at 1⁄500 sec.
© 2010, Frank Goroszko, All Rights Reserved

Mt. Cook Lilies
Tom Judd sent this startling image made in New Zealand with a Canon EOS 10D and a Sigma 12-24mm lens; exposure was f/25 at 1⁄200 sec.
© 2010, Tom Judd, All Rights Reserved

Sulfer Tuft
Edward Matisoff created this wonderful image with a Nikon D200 and a Micro Nikkor 70-180mm lens. He used a Wireless Close-Up Speedlight and a Manfrotto 055MF4 tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head. Exposure was f/22 at 2 seconds.
© 2010, Edward Matisoff, All Rights Reserved

How Chipmunks See Beautiful Women II
Lindsay Cathcart made this lyrical photo of model Liang Liang with a Canon EOS 40D and a Canon 10-22mm lens.
© 2010, Lindsay Cathcart, All Rights Reserved

Spider In The Road
Lance Tannahill braved the dangers of photographing this male tarantula as it crossed the road using a Canon PowerShot S70. He even sent us a photo taken by his wife of him prone on the highway facing off the beast as proof.
© 2010, Lance Tannahill, All Rights Reserved