Day By Day

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hero Shots

In film parlance the "hero shot" is one taken from near ground level, looking up at the person being filmed. If you want to see an expert use of the technique fire up any John Ford/John Wayne film and note the camera placement.

Here's an example:

So much for cinema heroes.

Here's a shot of a real hero -- my nephew, who will soon be leaving for yet another combat tour. The perspective was inadvertent -- the picture was taken by his five-year-old daughter -- but in my opinion entirely appropriate.