From a Different Perspective

I have come to learn that taking pictures of objects from different angles can give one a different perspective on what is being photographed. On a visit to Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa I took pictures of the exhibits that are littered aound the amusement park.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
An old steam engine. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I was intrigued by the old steam engine that had been fixed up as a decoration. It reminds one of days gone by when trains were moved with steam and not electricity. I was pleased with the following picture I took highlighting a different perspective of this relic.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A steam engine at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I took many pictures of the rides we took during our day at the park. My favourite is of the Ferris Wheel which had been done up in honour of South Africa hosting the World Cup for soccer that year.

The Ferris Wheel at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The Ferris Wheel at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Looking up at the big wheel was different to looking at the seats head on.

Viwe from a Ferris Wheel (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Viwe from a Ferris Wheel (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And nothing, of course, could equal the view that one sees when looking down from the top.

View from a Ferris Wheel. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
View from a Ferris Wheel. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Since I began blogging and sharing my pictures in weekly photo challenges, I have started thinking about the photos I am taking. No longer do I just stand in front of an object and take what is in front of me. Instead I look at different ways in which I can capture what I am seeing.

Do you think of taking pictures from a different perspective?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge prompt: Perspective)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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29 thoughts on “From a Different Perspective

  1. I think I’d have to say that my photography has made quite a lot of progress since involving myself in the challenges, Colline. I can be a stroppy individual and think to myself “stop telling me what to blog about!” but overall they’re a good learning tool. 🙂
    When I started reading this post I was thinking “ah, Jake’s Transport”. You see- we’re brainwashed! 🙂 🙂

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    1. I didn’t think of that Jo. I was thinking modern trains and busses for his challenge. Now I have to go and see if there are any other pictures I can use from that day to post for Jake 🙂

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  2. Interesting that you are now thinking of different angles and perspectives. This is an art concept. I have noticed that many of your really good pics reflect the concept of thirds for really pleasing image making.

    I am thinking of one of your recent pics that allowed for good use of the distance perspective where a distant figure is viewed in the top third of your frame and it appears in the 2/3 balance that the trail and sidelines narrow into the direction the figure is moving. This particular pic was compelling and I wanted to look at it for a while. It was pleasing to the eye and created the sense of direction, impulse and motion necessary to draw in the viewer’s attention.

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    1. Thank you Darlene for your comment. It shows that my careful thought in taking my pictures is being noticed. It is a happy thing when one brings pleasure to another.

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