I live in Myrtle Beach, SC. It takes me about 7 minutes to drive to the coast. It’s a beautiful place for photographs. Beautiful, but redundant. Even in the most perfect sunrise or sunset, I’ve found myself stopping to think of how to set up a more creative shot. In my last post I talked about using long exposures to change up things a little bit: blur water and clouds to create a creamy/painted looking scene. Changing perspective is another way to open up your creativity.

Sunrise, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Sunrise, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

USA Today’s YourTake featured a photograph of mine from Ocean Isle Beach, NC. It was a shot from February 2015’s sunrise. A lovely but plain, cloudless sunrise. Soft colors, sparkling sand and water, and a pier. I moved all over, took different shots but just wasn’t feeling it.

So I stopped. And looked. And thought. (and I had to think quickly before the sun was too high – it moves more quickly than you think).

There were little shells all over the beach. Usually people look down at shells. What if I used the shell as the main subject/foreground of my composition. We usually don’t get on the ground and look straight-on at a shell.

This perspective is different. Its not usual. I changed my settings to open my aperture, bring the shell into sharp focus, and blur my background. The sunrise was there, so was the pier and the sparkling sand and ocean. But I achieved a unique shot that I was (and still am) extremely happy with.

So the next time you feel in a rut, try changing your perspective. Stop, look around, and try something new.

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