I took lots of shots of that pumpkin. Maybe 20. But in the end, everything seemed boring in comparison to this one. I still don't love it, but as I moved around it I kept thinking more about the importance of how our perspective of the same thing changed by just a few inches can transform a scene. A metaphor for life perhaps. Or just a sage lesson in photography.
Sometimes you don't have time to try out different angles. You see (sense?) a moment unfolding and move quickly to capture it in a way that best demonstrates how you feel. I'm not in love with this photo, but I keep coming back to it because of the dynamism of the 3 different shapes in motion (friends to the left, child, and friends to the right). It comes together because the folks sitting on the steps are kind enough to stay put to add some contrast to all that movement.
Here I tried going way low, because, well, why not. For me, I was drawn to how the water seemed to flow from the rocks and snake through the garden almost as if it were feeding the trees in the distance (PS - it is. This is exactly what the Botanic Garden designed the water garden to do but it's pretty cool to feel that in one scene).
And 'underneath' too? Sure.