The last time I was up at Chestnut Ridge Park I began to think how to take pictures in order to capture the actual degree of incline or to bring to an image a pop, fizz, a different look. So I began to look around with “new” eyes and began to “play” with my phone’s camera. And with that came along the long reach approach. The drawing above shows what I am speaking of. Now just give me a little break because I’m not an artist with a pen. This drawing is of me, my phone straight out at my side with my arm fully extended, twisting my body so that I can push the shutter button with my other hand (finger) . I did it. The pictures below prove I did.
I had yet to learn how to speak to my phone in order to take a picture without actually pressing the shutter button.
Now I thought that would be complicated so I stuck true to form for a Taurus (which I am) determined to keep pushing that shutter button. Well, the images I began to take that day, or at least some of them, found me stretching sooooooo far, I made up my mind to learn how to use voice commands for picture taking.
To my great surprise I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Here I was expecting complicated. And sure I ended up feeling a bit foolish for not using this feature before now. For you see, the command to tell my camera to take a picture is so simple, so much so a child could do it. One either says, “shoot”, “smile”, or “cheese”. That’s it. When I took my very first shot saying, “shoot” and the shutter clicked, my mouth hung open. Now wait a minute, my Canon does not have this feature so how on earth am I going to capture the actual slope degrees? You have to angle the camera a certain way in order to do this, and I just cannot see me doing it with my heavy Canon.
Now all this got me to thinking, and that thinking is heading me down a new path. Which is, how to take images that show exactly how steep, how high, the distance, the dimension. If any of you are landscape photographers you know that this does not come easy and you really have to learn how to do it. In other words how to get a 2 dimensional image to look 3D. Or get lucky. So …
Below are images taken at Chestnut Ridge Park with my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. Let me tell ya, when my contract is over and I actually have the opportunity to purchase another phone, I really really don’t think I will be switching to Apple. I seriously like the way this phone of mine takes pictures. Come October I just may turn a blind eye to the new and improved phones and just keep mine. Please do enjoy! My intent is to get you, the viewer, to actually feel as if you are IN that forest with me!
All of these images were taken from the trail I was hiking. Some of the extreme pitches of slopes are what I actually hike up or down on. Yep, for real! 😓
Photography/ “The Long Reach”/ June 2017©AmyRose