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The Wild Side of Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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Chapter 20. A View From Above

Aerial Photography with a Telescoping Monopod

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Frequently in photography, the best vantage point for a photo is high above the crowd. Taking all your pictures at eye level can get boring after a while. For years, travel photographers have known that great coverage of every destination should include an opening shot that sets the scene. This opening shot is often taken from the second story of a building or parking garage in order to show the surrounding area from a higher vantage point.

But what happens if you can’t get to a higher vantage point? What if the second story of the building is closed? What if you ...

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