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Old Dec 4, 2008, 5:33 PM   #1
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When I shoot photos of the steep terrain I'm riding my ATV up, they don't looks steep. When I post on line, show freiends, they all say, that isn't steep and the photo doesn't do the hills justice. I've seen some photos/videos where a person is going up a steep hill and it looks very steep. What angles or how to frame a shot to capture steep terrain either from the bottom looking up, top looking down, and 1/2 way up the hill? Thanks for any tips.


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Old Dec 4, 2008, 8:09 PM   #2
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Trees always grow straight up. Try to include some trees in the frame. You could even tilt the camera so that it was level.
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Old Dec 5, 2008, 2:01 PM   #3
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If you have an option of where to stand, top, middle, bottom, what is best? I.e. shooting up/down/across?
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Old Dec 5, 2008, 6:14 PM   #4
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... I've seen some photos/videos where a person is going up a steep hill and it looks very steep. ...
Post a couple of those photos or give links to them and folks will have a better chance to say something useful. They could be unaltered and depend on the angle/position/focal length/.. they were taken at or they could be photoshopped.

Assuming they are not photoshopped (likely if in a magazine), spend some time studying them any try to figure out how they were done. Pehaps they are simply tilted and that might show in the angle of the trees - on average trees are vertical, though on a hillside there is a slight tendency to lean slightly down hill.

Were they taken low from behind or high from the side? Were they taken with a long or short lens? Lots of background or just a detail? ....
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Don't shoot up or down hill. Try to keep the camera level as possible, and use a wide enough angle lens to show a lot of the slope. Trees, and especially power poles are useful to show how how steep the slope is.

This example leave out the very near foreground.

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Old Dec 6, 2008, 4:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info and picture. I'd post a picture, but am deployed right now and don't have my picture collection with me. The video that is good at showing a steep slope is on YouTube which is block by the government computer I'm using. I'll try those techniques when I get back as the desert doesn't have any mountains here to photograph.

I googled the website and used the "cached" function on Googleand found this which I think is it since my comment is posted on it. I cannot view the video though.
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