Day 11 – High Angle


A golden girl in the golden light.  For this day of the challenge I tried different ways of taking an image with as high an angle as possible using my 50mm lens.  For someone with a severe case of vertigo, this definitely tested me at times, for example, clambering up a ladder in the front yard, and leaning over the stairwell to look down into our family room, which has a vaulted ceiling.  This is where I eventually took this picture of Ella, and 2 of the dogs, in her favorite tv viewing spot.  The resulting photograph is the perfect birds-eye-view of the scene below.  Almost blending into the shag rug, is Ella’s dog Gimli the cairn terrier being a total goofball, and up above on the ottoman is Chewie the cocker spaniel, pretending to be aloof.

This image was taken at about 4’oclock in the afternoon.  The family room is at the back of our house, and with the sun beginning to dip, the mellow light was streaming in, hence the golden tones.  I wanted to get at least one of the dogs in focus, as well as Ella, and so my aperture was set at f/3.2.  Although the sun was on them, up above where I was standing it was rather darker, and so my ISO was 1600.  My shutter speed was slow at 1/50, which is why Ella’s hand stroking the dog is slightly blurred.

In Lightroom, I wanted to emphasize the warm tones of the picture.  I increased the exposure, contrast, clarity and shadows.  I also sharpened the image, and smoothed the luminance.


On Saturday mornings between the months of May and December, I can typically be found at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmer’s Market.  Located on the beautiful Bidwell Parkway in the heart of the Elmwood Village, the market hosts up to 40 vendors in peak season. This ‘producer only’ market offers an amazing variety of produce, eggs, organic meats, cheese and wine from farms and vineyards throughout the western NY area.  Today I came home with kale, red leaf lettuce, carrots, apples, English walnuts, and one of these cabbages. They were gorgeous and actually smelled as good as they looked!

I took a ‘high’ angle photo, looking down at the cabbages filling the table.  It was about 8:00 am on an overcast day.  I started the edit in Photogene2 and applied the dynamic edit.  This helped to both brighten and sharpen. Then I cropped in instagram and applied the Amaro effect. Simple photo, simple edit.

“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” ~Dalai Lama


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