Cambridge Pavement

I love what I call "the worm's eye view shots": those shots taken with the camera either on or just above the ground. It creates a completely different view of the world. I love the different perspective of the world and how a normal looking view can look totally different. I've tried these shots many times and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. I've learned that you have to have a leading line in the centre of the shot for it to really work. Something which can pull the eyes into the shot - almost some long highway which continues into the far distance.

Because of how close the camera is to the ground any minor imperfections with the angle or the horizon being level tend to be over extenuated - meaning you have to be really careful to line the shot up and even more importantly, keep the camera steady at all times. I have tried the shots before using a very low tripod but it just creates the same image. My lens of choice doesn't always help either! My main go-to lens is a Sigma 18-250 superzoom lens. I also have a long range zoom for sports photography and a 50mm prime lens but the Sigma still tends to adorn the front of my camera more than anything else. Because of the large amount of glass elements in the lens (which are required to provide the massive focus range you tend to a get a degree of "lens distortion" - particularly at the lowest focus range. This can cause horizons or buildings to appear to bend in or out on the image. Luckily Adobe Lightroom can help to correct this! It also means you need to be as careful as possible to make the original image as perfect as possible.

This particular image was taken in St Edward's Passage in the heart of the city. This connects the market place with Kings Parade. I took several photos on this particular shoot. I often find myself drawn to this location. The buildings on both sides and the narrow pavement create a perfect tunnel effect and the row of bricks down the centre create the a pseudo road which helps to draw the viewer in. I tried the image with both colour and monochrome versions.

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Canon600d with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / iso800 / F18