Shooting from the foot

I like to try out new (slightly crazy) ways of taking shots.

Like placing the camera near the ground and letting it focus on whatever it wants.

I don’t look through the viewfinder so have no way of knowing what is in the frame.

The results? An abstract moonscape made out of mushrooms;

A family nestled close to each other for comfort;

A rainbow captured in the soft down of a dandelion —

And the deliciously dewy grass of early autumn.

For more focused shots, please visit: Our World.

92 responses

  1. yes! I love doing that too!:) great images!

    September 24, 2012 at 16:01

  2. That’s a beautiful way of taking pictures. First and last shots are stunning!

    September 24, 2012 at 16:07

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood

    These are fantastic! I’m going to have to try it!!! Thanks for sharing your delightful world today!!

    September 24, 2012 at 16:07

  4. Lovely! Those kind of shots can only be discovered by thinking outside the box and getting close up and personal in an inventive way. These are great!! :)

    September 24, 2012 at 16:10

  5. Lady Fi!
    Fantastic photo of mushrooms.
    Beautiful dandelion.
    Wonder drops of dew.
    All your pictures impress!

    September 24, 2012 at 16:13

  6. Pretty photos! So natural and delicious!
    I enjoyed the dewdrop grasses…

    September 24, 2012 at 16:25

  7. TexWisGirl

    wow! even this way you are an excellent photographer!

    September 24, 2012 at 16:26

  8. I love this! Such an interesting perspective and wonderful way to experiment.

    September 24, 2012 at 16:30

  9. shewhocarriescamera

    each and every one came out perfect!

    September 24, 2012 at 16:37

  10. Great idea!! LIke the last one…good job!

    September 24, 2012 at 17:06

  11. Beautiful photos with these beautiful colors and approaches storey, delicious drops of dew. Greetings.

    September 24, 2012 at 17:54

  12. I like your perspective!

    September 24, 2012 at 18:03

  13. delightful!

    September 24, 2012 at 18:21

  14. Hudson Howl

    Not crazy. T’z how we capture and see that quirky wondrous world that plays out right in front of our noses. The last one is bedazzled, yet reminds me of the layers of a vegetarian lasagna.

    September 24, 2012 at 18:21

  15. It’s an great angle and you succeeded to take new nice photos.:)

    September 24, 2012 at 18:23

  16. Cool idea resulting in cool shots!!!

    September 24, 2012 at 18:25

  17. What nice surprises your camera captured for you! And us.:)

    September 24, 2012 at 18:26

  18. I do the same although many times I try to get down and at least frame the subject! That last one is very very nice.

    September 24, 2012 at 18:49

  19. Ad hoc, yet highly creative! And as good as ever.

    September 24, 2012 at 19:06

  20. Nydelige nærbilder …. har gjort det samme selv, men med forskjellig resultat. Syns det klaffet veldig bra for deg!

    September 24, 2012 at 19:36

  21. Lovely—I will have to try this too:-)

    September 24, 2012 at 19:51

  22. All I can say is “WOW!”

    September 24, 2012 at 20:03

  23. Bob

    Nice one.

    September 24, 2012 at 20:29

  24. Nice trying new angels – good work!

    September 24, 2012 at 20:36

  25. What a beautiful autumn photo’s, LadyFi!
    Love your (Our) World…
    Have a nice week and greetings,
    Anna :))

    September 24, 2012 at 20:49

  26. Wow, these are great shots! Amazing that the camera seemed to focus on the most interesting subjects.

    September 24, 2012 at 21:09

  27. Pat

    These are beautiful!

    September 24, 2012 at 21:10

  28. I love these creative shots. Very artistic to come up with the idea of shooting from the foot.

    September 24, 2012 at 21:13

  29. love the point of view! The best thing about photography is the delicious surprises it offers us when we click the shutter… pure magic…

    September 24, 2012 at 22:00

  30. I love that close knit family of mushrooms with their beautiful soft caramel tops … Isn’t that colour just SO gorgeous?
    Instead of shooting from the hip you’re shooting from the foot …. I love it!

    September 24, 2012 at 22:10

  31. sandy

    Your new style worked very well. The photos are gorgeous.

    September 24, 2012 at 23:08

  32. Well you certainly avoided shooting yourself in the foot with these! Outstanding shots, one and all. I especially like the first and last shots – the depth of field in the focal range gives a beautiful effect. You’ve a gift. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    September 24, 2012 at 23:24

  33. very cool…it is neat to look at things from different see things you dont usually…like the toadstools…

    September 24, 2012 at 23:43

  34. These are beautiful images, What a lovely idea. The dandelion and the last shot of the grasses are my favorites, but they are all wonderful shots. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week ahead.

    September 25, 2012 at 00:09

  35. Love them all. If I had to choose a favourite it would be the dandelion clock. I have one set in perspex, and I would love to know how it was done.

    September 25, 2012 at 00:51

  36. cloudia

    some can never take a good shot- you cannot take a BAD one!

    Aloha from Honolulu,

    Comfort Spiral


    September 25, 2012 at 00:57

  37. onceupona

    It is fun doing that. You came up with some fantastic shots! Cheers, Danette

    September 25, 2012 at 01:14

  38. What a wonderful idea…my favorite is the last with the dew on the grass.

    September 25, 2012 at 01:41

  39. Jim


    September 25, 2012 at 02:16

  40. A world in miniature that often goes by without our notice. I’m glad you brought it to our attention, Fi.

    September 25, 2012 at 03:41

  41. The ‘shrooms could be here except that they are there. Beautiful stuff.

    September 25, 2012 at 04:22

  42. indrani

    Lovely capture of the droplets.

    September 25, 2012 at 06:00

  43. these are amazing photos! the last photo is breathtaking!

    September 25, 2012 at 06:18

  44. these are breathtaking photos. the last shot is amazing!

    September 25, 2012 at 06:25

  45. Your pictures are so full of life, Lady Fi:)

    September 25, 2012 at 06:44

  46. Very nice shots, I love the shrooms closeups.

    I’ve tried it and only gotten grass stains…lol.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    September 25, 2012 at 06:49

  47. Lovely pics, especially the last one! Did you set the aperture and let everything else adjust accordingly?

    September 25, 2012 at 07:12

    • Yes, exactly. Also, I didn’t frame the shot.

      September 25, 2012 at 08:34

  48. ladyfi,
    Who can realize there is a magical world like this just under foot!! Magnificent!! I will try this. Thanks a lot for inspiring me.

    September 25, 2012 at 09:02

  49. This is a stunning series! I want to touch mushrooms -they are so smooth- and blow the “santa clause” (as we called the fluffy dandelion seeds as kids). And that last one is like a magical fairyland. Beautiful!! I would love you to contribute to Mandarin Orange Monday!

    September 25, 2012 at 09:12

  50. Nice photographs, such views are giving much joy. I am greeting

    September 25, 2012 at 10:52

  51. Brilliantly creative photos!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:40

  52. I particularly love the shot of the grass – looking forward to seeing more of these “crazy” shots!

    September 25, 2012 at 12:31

  53. Dandelions are so hopeful.:)

    September 25, 2012 at 13:01

  54. Great idea and lovely photos. I like all of them, but the last one is my favorite. Thanks for the photos and idea.

    September 25, 2012 at 13:08

  55. I like that you’re having fun and experimenting with photography, and with some lovely results.

    September 25, 2012 at 13:08

  56. Great way to experiment with camera.

    September 25, 2012 at 13:44

  57. Wow! You are absolutely brilliant even when not looking through that tiny hole. No wonder all your shots are so gorgeous:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    September 25, 2012 at 13:52

  58. daryledelstein

    curiosity is the best photo getting i can think of .. occasionally i lift my camera above my head – here in a city putting it on the ground means you might get shots of something gross – and do the same, let the camera choose .. interesting results … love your’s.

    September 25, 2012 at 13:59

  59. Your camera did an amazing job of taking photos! I’m not sure mine is quite that smart but hey! I will give it a try. :))

    September 25, 2012 at 14:00

  60. Very creative photography ~ (A Creative Harbor)

    thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

    September 25, 2012 at 14:04

  61. Jenn

    Love those shots!!

    September 25, 2012 at 17:14

  62. These are lovely! It’s good to get a different perspective, and you captured it well!

    September 25, 2012 at 17:23

  63. JM

    Beautiful! Too early for mushrooms here yet.

    September 25, 2012 at 18:19

  64. Oh my, the last grass shot is AMAZING! What a great idea.
    xox jj

    September 25, 2012 at 19:47

  65. Like the dewy grass!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    September 25, 2012 at 20:35

  66. Truly wonderful shots. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes when we alter the way we take photos.

    September 25, 2012 at 21:05

  67. Happy Tuesday!

    September 26, 2012 at 01:39

  68. Oh I just love these!!! This was an experiment that really paid off!

    September 26, 2012 at 02:08

  69. Al

    What a great idea, I need to try that. You got some good results!

    September 26, 2012 at 02:11

  70. In focus or out of it, your World is a beautiful one. (And thanks for the photo tip ;>)

    September 26, 2012 at 06:26

  71. Love the grass shot!!

    September 26, 2012 at 07:10

  72. I´m impressed by the last shot. I never got that kind of shot that good. Well done.

    September 26, 2012 at 07:59

  73. Wow! The last shot is stunning beautiful.

    September 26, 2012 at 13:37

  74. dianne7777

    I love that you do this
    it must be wonderful to see what you’ve captured
    there are so few surprises with digital, this is great

    I love the mushroom family

    September 26, 2012 at 15:18

  75. I love doing that, too. It’s always good for a surprise! These are beautiful!

    September 26, 2012 at 17:53

  76. It is quite a different view point, beautiful pictures. Love the “fungus family”.

    September 26, 2012 at 18:06

  77. Joy

    Wow. Amazing! I must try it sometime:)

    September 26, 2012 at 22:00

  78. Ha!….. one of the three pics of mine that I bothered to frame was one of a bunch of snowdrops that i took by holding the camera at my foot and pointing it up at the sky!….. wonderful way to get different framing!…… thank you for sharing!…..;)

    September 27, 2012 at 00:11

  79. You captured some interesting shots that way Fi – Dave

    September 27, 2012 at 06:01

  80. Superb shots! Full of imagination!

    September 27, 2012 at 07:34

  81. Used a similar method for my night shots – 1. Place camera on solid object 2. Set self-timer to avoid camera shake 3. Press shutter button. 4. Repeat 3 as often as you like.

    Seemed to work!

    Stewart M

    September 27, 2012 at 10:56

  82. The DOF on the grass is fantastic! Such a beautiful dewy morning :)))

    September 27, 2012 at 16:16

  83. Seriously gorgeous images, what a great viewpoint you’ve captured here.. You realize you will be responsibly for many enthusiastic photographers out there getting into some strange positions to achieve this same perspective haha!

    September 27, 2012 at 17:15

  84. becky

    I love photographing mushrooms! They make me imagine all kinds of little fairy stories.

    September 27, 2012 at 18:58

  85. Lady Fi,
    the dew drops are like wet diamonds.


    September 29, 2012 at 01:26

  86. I will have to try that. I think I will call it the Lady Fi technique!:)

    September 29, 2012 at 17:29

  87. the dewy grass caps the composition well. what an eye for beauty! waving, ms. lady fi…😉

    October 2, 2012 at 09:37

  88. Love it so much, Lady Fi!
    Suc a beautiful autumn photo’s…
    Greeting Anna😀

    October 2, 2012 at 18:22

  89. The beads of water are the best part! Amazing shots!

    October 5, 2012 at 22:09

  90. Love these! The bokeh’s breathtaking!

    October 13, 2012 at 20:04

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