Last fall, I took a leaf photo that I loved. You know how good can be born from
the very painful things in life? Well, that's exactly what happened.
My returning RA made it much too painful to get low enough to capture the light
beaming through fall leaves scattered across our patio. So I fiddled with settings and
took the photos 'blind' by placing the camera on the ground and pressing the shutter release.
Every photo was a surprise, since I had nothing to do with the
framing or focusing of the shot.
It occurred to me that photos taken from this vantage point display what a fairy might see.
Guess I read a few too many books about woodland fairies in my childhood
because it sure stuck with me!
And now that spring is swelling into summer, I find myself wondering what those
might see IF they wandered through my flowerbeds -
Oriental poppies from below - quite an impressive sight!
Painted ferns would make a colorful overhead display.
Lily of the valley blooms could replace church bells on any clear morning!
This would be a fun photo project for children this summer. Any point and shoot camera,
a DSLR with an 'auto' setting, or an iphone camera will do the job. Be ready
to delete many photos that focus incorrectly, come out blurred or poorly lit.
But wait for it ...
... they will be thrilled when they get a photo that perfectly portrays the everyday
viewpoint of the common garden fairy. And you have a chance to talk with them
about seeing things from another person's perspective,
and the effort and payoffs that are involved in that sometimes difficult task.
Just a thought.
Link to more kid photography ideas here.