Like most photographers, when looking through past photos, I notice I take a lot of the same shots. One of my favorite shot styles includes an “over the shoulder” perspective to show both the person (or animal) and to see what they see.
The “over the shoulder” perspective is great for the beach:
when watching surfers at the Jersey Shore,
at the North Shore in Hawaii,
or in St. Lucia after a late afternoon swim (with a beer to celebrate).
It’s a great perspective to try at a sporting event:
to show how close you were to the ice,
to watch drivers round the corner at the Dover Nascar Race,
or when watching the horses at the racetrack. (miss you, Grandpa!)
You can use it on vacation:
to show the amount of big screen tvs you sat by in Vegas during a college football weekend,
while photographing giraffes at the San Diego Zoo,
or when giving a moment of silence at Pearl Harbor.
It works for pets too:
documenting their view on the snow (and the lack of a place to pee),
or when watching your owners go for a quick swim, leaving you with a friend.
I thought I’d share some of mine over the years as inspiration in hopes you’ll try this shot on your next set of travels or events:
(Originally posted March 2011 but revised for 2014)