The art of looking up - 8 beautiful examples of tilting the lens upwards

The art of looking up - 8 beautiful examples of tilting the lens upwards

Photo by David Parr

See what you can acheive when you look up with your camera with inspiration from these stunning shots

Whether your preferred genre is street, landscape, architecture, or a combination of everything; it's easy, as photographers, to simply concentrate on the scene directly in front of us. However, occasionally titling your camera upwards can yield some very interesting, different and unusual viewpoints for your frame.

The 'art of looking up' (as I like to call it) is something that tends to be neglected by photographers, but as you can see by these stunning examples below, you can get some incredible results. So give it a try sometime; go for a walkabout and forget about what's happening at eye level - look up instead!

An unusual view of birds flocking overhead. Photo by Leigh Hickin - f/7.1 | 1/400s | ISO 500

A black and white image looking up at a silhouette of a passenger jet which is crossing the sky framed by several telephone wires at different angles. Photo by Simon Knox - f/14 | 1/500s | ISO 200
Looking up at the Movenpick Hotel, Amsterdam City Centre at night. Photo by Tim Constable - f/1.8 | 1/15s | ISO 800
The calm serenity of a hot air balloon cruising through the clouds - always a welcome sight wherever you are in the world. Photo by Hannah Gerrish - f/9 | 1/40s | ISO 250
A lightshade throws abstract shadow patterns onto a white ceiling. Photo by Kelly Jenkins - f/1.7 | 1/50s | ISO 80
Strolling around kowloon looking up. Photo by Adam Morse - f/8 | 1/125s | ISO 250

As I was walking through a local field, mid-December, I had access to this pylon and decided to look up... resulting in this pleasing, symmetrical and abstract shot. Photo by David Parr - f/8 | 1/500s | ISO 200
Spiral staircase by Waldemar Błażej - f/1.8 | 1/50s | ISO 80
How about looking down too?

You can achieve equally brilliant shots by tilting your camera down too - see some stunning examples in our feature!
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