Lying down at the Singapore Botanic Garden…

The only – other – thing that cannot be changed in post processing: the angle of view

Head image: yours truly, photo created by my friend Vlad Yer at the Singapore Botanic Garden

After we went shooting at the Singapore Botanic Garden, my good friend Vlad gave me a few shots he “stole” from me while in action. It made me look back at the backpack I was using that day and realised that I don’t even notice anymore when there is dry mud stuck against one of my bags: it’s part of creating images.

Why? Because once you got the image in focus, once the exposure is about right, the only one thing that’s important is the angle of view and in this day and age of digital photography, it may be the only remaining thing that makes the difference between an image created and a snapshot taken. Getting at eye level with any subject will make the most common subject appealing, create an intimate connection that simply won’t be there from any other position.

From that venture position, I did shoot this series of an adult Malayan Water Monitor foraging at the root of a tree:

Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/8, 1/640s, ISO 2500, 0 EV Evaluative metering.

Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/8, 1/640s, ISO 2500, 0 EV Evaluative metering.

Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/8, 1/500s, ISO 1600, 0 EV Evaluative metering.

Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/8, 1/500s, ISO 1600, 0 EV Evaluative metering.

Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 2000, +2/3 EV Evaluative metering.

Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 2000, +2/3 EV Evaluative metering.

Here is a cute baby Malayan Water Monitor shoot from an intermediary height (I was about kneeling), though cute the image is surely not as striking than the above series, but your opinion might differ…

Baby Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 400, +1/3 EV Evaluative metering.

Baby Malayan Water Monitor, image created on 30 January 2016 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS with Canon EF 2x Extender III. f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 400, +1/3 EV Evaluative metering.

Lying down at the Singapore Botanic Garden...Christian C. Berclaz
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