Making Lines and Angles happen

40a-Death Valley  FlowersBoy, did we luck out.  One spring, we were visiting family in Bakersfield and decided to make a short visit to Death Valley National Park. Fortunately, we made the arrangements three months in advance when we set the trip up. Thanks to the ensuing wet winter, we happened to hit one of the most prolific flower shows the Park had seen in years.  People were coming in droves, and by March, when we arrived, NO rooms were available inside the park.

Along with a few hundred other people that spring, my husband and I went on a wildflower search. We were doing roadside photography to get an overview of the Park, and weren’t walking on any trails for our views.

No flower shot is simple, but this one was especially challenging.  These are tiny white flowers that grow close to the ground.  We had been photographing the flowers spread across the valley in front of the hills when I spotted them.  I tried several ways to photograph them, but they were too tiny to stand out against the brown hills.  Finally, I decided to see if I could position myself close enough to create a line of flowers against the blue sky in the background.  I set the camera for landscape shots, laid down on a blanket I had spread in front of the flowers, and tipped my camera up until the hills in the background were spread along the bottom of the frame and the flowers were positioned against the blue sky.  Lines create a sense of motion, and angled lines create the strongest sense of action.  I wanted an angled line of flowers against the blue sky to bring out the delicate flowers and create a strong sense of action. 

When you are looking for strong nature shots, looks for lines and angles.  If you can’t find them, position yourself so you create them.

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