Picture This!
From Above

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was "From Above," images made from a vantage point looking down onto a scene. Many times our best pictures come from making the effort to scale heights that allow us to consider the subject from a different point of view, one not ordinarily seen. Readers climbed stairs, looked over the railing of bridges or out windows, ascended mountains, and made images from the windows of airplanes or from the basket of a hot air balloon. In every case we got to share an entirely unique point of view.

Dragon Boat Races

Donna Mullins made this shot at the annual Dragon Boat Races held annually in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the Market Street Bridge. She photographed with a Canon EOS Elan 7 and a Canon 24-70mm L lens on Kodak Ultra Color 400 color negative film.
© 2007, Donna Mullins, All Rights Reserved

Pool Shadow & Dolphins '07

As part of a series made from his balcony, Robert K. Bailey made this shot with his Canon EOS 10D and a 28-105mm lens. Exposure was f/9.5 at 1/1000 sec at ISO 400.
© 2007, Robert K. Bailey, All Rights Reserved

Lost In Passion

Wendy Kaveney wrote: "From any angle, but particularly from above, the tango displays the ultimate in balance, rhythm, and passion." She photographed with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II with a Canon 24-105mm IS lens with an exposure of f/6.3 at 1/125 sec at ISO 320.
© 2007, Wendy Kaveney, All Rights Reserved

Golden Gate View

David Ramos braved the heights for this amazing shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. He photographed with a Mamiya F330 and a 65mm lens on Kodak Plus-X film. Exposure, on a tripod, was f/22 at 1/60 sec.
© 2007, David Ramos, All Rights Reserved

33,000 Feet Up

Dick Pearce made this dazzling shot from an aircraft with, as he wrote, "clean windows." He used an Olympus E-20 with a 35-140mm lens; exposure was f/4 at 1/320 sec at ISO 80.
© 2007, Dick Pearce, All Rights Reserved

Classic Musician

Kartik Pashupati made this shot of a musician playing a traditional percussion instrument from a balcony at the Dhrupad Sansthaan in Bhopal, India. He worked with a Canon EOS Elan 7 and a Canon 24-85mm lens on Fujichrome Velvia 100 film.
© 2007, Kartik Pashupati, All Rights Reserved

Taking Turns

Dave Blake made this shot from a hot air balloon during a rally in the Valley of the Gods, Utah. He photographed with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Exposure was f/7.1 at 1/250 sec at ISO 200.
© 2007, Dave Blake, All Rights Reserved

Atop The Washington Monument

Bill Lambeth made this shot of the Jefferson Memorial using a Canon EOS 10D with a Tamron 28-300mm lens.
© 2007, Bill Lambeth, All Rights Reserved

North Rim

Bob Wells caught this overlook shot of dramatic weather over the Grand Canyon. He shot with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and a Sigma 12-24mm lens. Exposure was f/11 at 1/125 sec at ISO 100.
© 2007, Bob Wells, All Rights Reserved

Hotel Spiral

This circular staircase at an Icelandic hotel was photographed by Harvey Hellering with a Nikon F100 and a Tamron 20-40mm lens on Fujichrome Velvia 100 film. Exposure was f/3.5 at 1/2 sec.
© 2007, Harvey Hellering, All Rights Reserved