Everyone will agree that this image by Christian Xavier is beautiful and grabs the attention. Why? It is because the implied position of the photographer is impossible, it should be in the middle of the air. We are not used to seeing pictures of the Chrysler building from this perspective. Most pictures of the skyline of New York are taken from the same viewpoint (the roof of the Rockefeller Center for example).

How was this image created? He took a regular New York skyline picture with a good camera and zoomed in, cropping out areas of the picture he does not need.

Two lessons here. The theoretical one of using unexpected perspectives. And two, you can actually use this zoom/crop technique with high resolution stock images to make them more interesting.

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