Written by Marjorie Dawson

God View #52Assignments No. 25

God View #52Assignments No. 25

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I looked at this week’s challenge in the 52 Assignments book and thought how on earth can you do those fancy overhead shots that give the ‘god view’ the chapter needs without a drone? Do I skip this chapter?

I bit the bullet and read the assignment…..

The aim is actually to find a new perspective by shooting images from overhead or higher up. This could be anything from a plate to a row of beans in the garden. It doesn’t mean everything needs to be a fancy drone shot.

Home Sweet Home Overhead Shot

This compact camera photograph is from 2007 when Dash Kitten and his sister Dot were young kittens. They are so small that just pointing the camera down allowed me to get the perfect ‘kittens in action’ shot. You feel as though you are a giant towering above them.

Not every shot is a giant landscape. Small is beautiful and just as important too.

God view. Dash Kitten and Dot Kitten funders of the blog play. 2007
Dash Kitten and Dot Kitten play with Dash’s favourite toy 2007 (Compact Camera)

High Up Landscape Shots

First things first. Safety comes before any and every shot you take at any height. If the shot makes you nervous it’s not worth the risk. No matter what your friends might say – play it safe. What do you do?

  • You assess the terrain and do NOT go close to an unrailed edge.
  • Have a camera strap around your neck so your DSLR doesn’t fall.
  • OR, a compact camera wrist strap.
  • Just DON’T lean forward with your smartphone. Tilt the ‘phone.
  • You are not Captain Invincible – you break.
God View. Visiting The Grand Canyon
Looking Deep into the Grand Canyon (Samsung compact)

Here’s are two compact camera shots (Samsung) and thanks to its location; the Grand Canyon, there is no need for a drone, or even the need to point the camera straight down. The Canyon is a mile deep in places and it demonstrates that any location with depth like a bridge will give you a similar effect of height.

There is no location like the Grand Canyon, and if you haven’t been I recommend a visit when it is safe to travel.

Sunset over the Grand Canyon
Sunset over the Grand Canyon (Samsung compact)

Drone Ideas

If you have a drone or have a chance to play with one, try it. It is a new experience to try and might open tour eyes to a new way of seeing.

I don’t have a drone but managed to find a special drone shot of somewhere I visited. This is the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Invernesshire, Scotland. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter books you will remember that the train travels through this location. It appears shrouded in the mist near the start of The Prisoner of Azkaban.

I was lucky enough to travel on the Jacobite Express Train a.k.a. the Hogwarts Express and, of course, they travel slowly over the bridge with cameras clicking and people looking out of the windows to see the views Harry Potter did.

Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland
Harry Potter Glenfinnan Viaduct (Stock Photo)

Drone Tricks

If you can get a drone,or use someone else’s it gives you the chance to give people a mesmerizing view of your world or your chosen location. 52 Assignments advises you to hover a drone at about 100 metres (300 ft) for a shot with plenty of details to keep your viewers busy looking!

  1. A drone is an ‘unmanned aircraft’ governed by strict legislation. Be aware of drone legislation in your own country before you fly. NZ legislation is here, Great Britain here, United States here.
  2. Check if you need a specific drone licence.
  3. Charge your drone up properly to ensure your flight comes back.
  4. Drones are useful for video and still photos – use your drone well.
  5. Use midday’s lack of shadows to get shots free of deep patches of shade.
  6. A neutral density filter over your camera lens can help on very bright sunny days.
  7. Drone hashtags include: #drone #dronestagram #aerial #dji #location
Woman piloting a Drone (stock photo)
Woman piloting a Drone (stock photo)

Have you ever had the chance to fly a drone? Let me know in the comments if you have.

I wish I had flown a drone to get the god view of where I live, but never say never and let’s see what 2022 brings!

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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9 thoughts on “God View #52Assignments No. 25”

  1. I love your take on “god view!” I haven’t flown a drone before, but I think it could be fun to see things from that perspective!

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  2. My favorite Holiday picture of my oldest dog is from straight above. I used a chair to get the height I needed. Love this perspective!

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  3. How fun! I always try to get down on Henry’s level. But a high-angle shot would be very interesting. I’ll have to try that one. I wish I had a drone or access to one to play with that would be lots of fun!

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  4. It looks impurressive, Marjorie and the kitty pictures too. We don’t do drones here, you can only ‘play’ with it when you have a license. New orders🙄 Pawkisses for a wonderful weekend to you and the kitties too🐾😽💞

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  5. Drones are so cool. I’ve been wanting one for awhile, but haven’t bit the bullet and gotten one yet. We live in a beautiful forested, mountainous part of the US and I think I could get some amazing drone shots around here. Hopefully someday!

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  6. I love taking action shots of Layla where possible as they make the photos more fun and interesting. As for a drone, I have not tried and I am scared of them LOL as my luck I will crash it within seconds. Thanks for the great post as always and the blog hop.

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  7. I sometimes have tried to take pics of the cats and the dogs ‘doing things’ like playing, sleeping, etc, from my staircase….sometimes it works sometimes not so much…and iI have taken plenty of pics just by standing over them, though that does make for some strange proportions to their bodies if they look up.

    My neigbour has a drone…not sure why he has to fly it over our house…though I think he’s just flying it, he is a good neighbour and helps us now and then…a friendly chap.

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  8. Fabulous tutorial, as always, Marjorie. I have a small drone, but the camera isn’t of the best quality, so the photos are a bit noisy. I do enjoy flying it, though. 🙂

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  9. Those are all fantastic photos and I’m so glad you got to see the Grand Canyon while you were in the US. I just wish I would have made it to BlogPaws that year. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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