Photo Challenge

20 feet below

(not to be confused with six feet under!)

This week, you need to find a vantage point that places you and your camera 20 feet above your chosen subject. That’s 6 metres for our metrically-inclined readers, or about three storeys of a building. Try to find interesting subjects and vantage points.

Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 19th June.

Author: Jonathan

Challenge Admin, I enjoy taking photos mostly of landscapes and architecture - but I will try anything! I mostly shoot film and I spend a lot of time in my darkroom trying to get the perfect print. I'm a sysadmin for a living and I also enjoy cycling and music technology.


  1. This is going to be challenging… I don’t know of anywhere that’s easily accessible where I could do this! :(

  2. I spent half an hour yesterday wandering around a multistorey carpark and got loads of inspiration – so if you live anywhere near a carpark give that a go.

    Other ideas include stairwells, balconies, looking out of windows in moderately tall buildings, bridges over rivers/roads/railways. Live near a cliff? Are there any public monuments near you that you can go up? When Stu ran a similar challenge back in 2009 I went to a local shopping centre which had a balcony overlooking their escalators, got a really nice abstract composition out of it.

    I doubt anyone is going to be working out exactly how far off the ground you are so don’t take the “20 feet” measurement too literally.

    Have you got a reasonably light compact camera and a long pole?

    It would be fairly easy to rig up a simple way to attach the camera to one end of the pole and do something similar to this

    That rig is a little overcomplicated for a single use thing, but I’m sure you could come up with something involving wrapping cardboard around the camera and gaffa taping it to the end of a tent pole. Set the self timer and you’re good to go!

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    My first attempt at a photo challenge and first photo uploaded onto Flickr……fingers crossed it worked :oD

  5. Works fine for me Carole, welcome!