Comments: bug pov

gotta love the bug angle!

Posted by seriocomic at December 4, 2006 03:21 AM

Not so long ago, on the "digital photography school" blog they had an assignment for readers called "Get down and dirty"

I think this image coveys perfectly what they were trying to teach, it really does add quite a different view

It must be kinda weird though... with all the looks :P

Posted by Hitesh Sawlani at December 4, 2006 03:33 AM

Amazing shot Sam. This different perspective really allows one to see something so everyday in such a wonderfully different way.

Posted by John Packman at December 4, 2006 04:01 AM

That's an unusual perspective! Very cool. It's not very often I get down on the floor of a streetcar. Like the lines in the floor, how they point at the passenger.

Posted by Marcus at December 4, 2006 04:46 AM

very interesting point of view. I like the B&W and the hovering seats...

Posted by javga at December 4, 2006 05:01 AM

Cool perspective on life that we don't normally see. Great job.

Posted by Graham at December 4, 2006 05:57 AM

This is a very unique perspective...Really great and clever shot. I just hope no one was behind you trying to get off.

Posted by Laurie at December 4, 2006 06:00 AM


Posted by Alexandru.savu at December 4, 2006 06:03 AM

Oh Sam, you must be a very keen photographer to crawl on the floor for shots! ...just joking, hehe!
Seriously though this photo is visually very stimulating and once again you have entertained us with another great image and given us some more inspiration. Thanks.

Posted by Gavin Hart at December 4, 2006 06:10 AM

The angle is sooo impressive. Nice work. :-)

Posted by tetsu at December 4, 2006 06:25 AM

I love it! I'm very fond of photos that emphasize perspective

Posted by Sean at December 4, 2006 07:03 AM

very nice mood and composition
As x resident of Toronto, i defiantly appreciate your images!

Posted by Roded at December 4, 2006 08:11 AM

Only you can find such interesting view. Keep it up.

Posted by Maran at December 4, 2006 08:13 AM

Damn, I wish I would've thought of that... considering I spend a lot of time on that streetcar too.

The monochrome really accents the steel. Almost kinda futuristic too.

Posted by ryan at December 4, 2006 08:16 AM

Love the perspective Sam.

Posted by Craig at December 4, 2006 08:44 AM

Great picture! I need that lens too. Gonna place an order this evening.

When making this kind of pictures I always feel some kind of shame, because I have to kneel down (or lie on the floor...)

Posted by Marc van Agtren at December 4, 2006 09:24 AM

Any chance you could put this up on flickr in a wallpaper size?



Posted by Simon Cain at December 4, 2006 09:27 AM

Congratulations on your win in the 2006 Canadian Blog Awards! I can see why I didn't make it into the second round with you. Your photography is excellent.

Posted by schmutzie at December 4, 2006 09:38 AM

Passenger slips away from photographer lying prone on subway floor.

Posted by Ken at December 4, 2006 09:54 AM

Interesting shot and perspective, great work

Posted by Deepak at December 4, 2006 10:27 AM

This might also be seen as a view for a victim of a mugging. All too common on our public transportation these days.

And I agree with the B&W as emphasizing the bleakness of the perspective.

On with the struggle to be different and worth noticing.

Posted by Hugh Petrie at December 4, 2006 10:44 AM

to me the perspective of this shot is spectacular - love that.

Posted by stefan at December 4, 2006 11:01 AM

Great thinking on this one.

Posted by Nate at December 4, 2006 11:26 AM

wow really amasing

Posted by brecht at December 4, 2006 11:48 AM

I especially like the contrasting blacks and whites of this picture. Great angle.

Posted by Erik at December 4, 2006 12:08 PM

nice one. i've taken a couple shots from the floor, but always feel creepy that people are going to see and wonder what the hell i'm doing...upskirt shots or something. photo paranoia.

congrats on the 1st place in the cdn blog awards. i was amazed at my 3rd place. never thought i'd do that well.

Posted by Blaine at December 4, 2006 12:35 PM

Very nice B&W and interesting angle.

Posted by Djiwôm at December 4, 2006 01:10 PM

Fantastic. Absolutely wonderful.

Posted by Justin Blanton at December 4, 2006 01:14 PM

simple concept
amazing photo!

Posted by super at December 4, 2006 01:20 PM

Great pictures!! I love these kind of pictures "from the ground".

Posted by Jicé at December 4, 2006 02:59 PM

Cool perspective, a shoe's eye view.

Posted by Jeff Ambrose at December 4, 2006 03:03 PM

haha, lol :)

Posted by annemarie at December 4, 2006 03:11 PM

this is a great one, i tried to do something like this before, but wasn't very successful though :)

Posted by Shen at December 4, 2006 03:59 PM

Hi Sam,

Though I live in the US now, I visit home (i.e. Toronto) often. When I was last there, I was riding the subway. I noticed that some one had blacked out some of the letters on the 'press for assistance' strip with a marker to read "In case of emergency - press for a sista ". I thought this was amusing and pulled out my camera to photograph it as well as a couple of other interesting images. The conducter's door FLEW open and he came at me yelling to put my camera away and that photography was forbidden on the subway. Has anyone had issues photographing on public transit?


Posted by Sameh Hanna at December 4, 2006 05:17 PM

Just yesterday I was saying to a friend (after looking at some good but unoriginal photos in the One-of-a-Kind show in Toronto) that the biggest problem for photographers seems to be to avoid clichés.

This shot certainly proves that Sam is determined is to avoid that fate!

Posted by forrest at December 4, 2006 05:27 PM

I am going to try and have to do this in Jan when I am up in Toronto. TTC is like nothing else. Excellent shot.

Posted by Fellow Eskimo at December 4, 2006 05:36 PM


About 6 months ago your site was blocked from my work internet firewall. Having discovered your site about 2 years ago I was really annoyed as I used to visit regularly and loved looking at your shots. Your photos very much became part of my life. I didn't visit every day but when i did I would look back at the previous day's photos until the last time I was on.

Occasionally people at work would walk past me and say "wow, what a beautiful photo" and I would tell them about your site.

I remember the series from Oxford, the beams of light shining through the dissused factory, the photo of the woman posted on her birthday and the pumpkin field.

I've only just got myself a laptop and got online at home so can finally get back on your site!

This photo is very much you I think. Its an everyday thing shown in a new context, from an unusual angle.

I haven't looked back at all the photos I've missed so the next hour will be fun. Its great to have a missing part of my life back again.

Thank you.


Posted by Neil Brown at December 4, 2006 06:13 PM

absolutely beautiful/amazing!!!!!!!

Posted by BB at December 4, 2006 06:24 PM

Nice point of view :)
Great photo

Posted by Luis Violante at December 4, 2006 06:35 PM

What Sam hasn't said is he dropped his camera and this shot was taken accidentally ;-) That's how good Sam is.
Keep it up.

Posted by Chris at December 4, 2006 07:54 PM

This is an amazing picture. Love the angle it's been taken from.

Posted by Spud at December 4, 2006 08:00 PM

You little shutter bug you :)

Posted by annemarie at December 4, 2006 08:30 PM

its a different style then normally seen here at ddoi, but i like it. i like the simplicity and plainness of the photography. very nice.

Posted by Andrew at December 4, 2006 08:40 PM

Love the perspective.

Posted by florence98 at December 5, 2006 03:23 AM

There's a sense of motion in sitting still. I love it!

Posted by Kevin at December 5, 2006 10:11 AM

Great perspective, and the lines of the floor are leading perfectly to that guy standing there.

Posted by m a r i n u s at December 7, 2006 03:47 AM

Killer photo!! I love the ground level view.

Posted by Jon at December 7, 2006 09:52 PM

Great lines and nice light, really puts you "on the streetcar" as it were. Good job and congratulations on the book!

Posted by Andy at December 10, 2006 06:54 PM

brilliant perspective! The tones and lines are great!!!!! I like the way you tone your photos!

Posted by jan at December 15, 2006 04:26 AM

Very nice shot. I ride the ttc everyday, but never get down on the floor! Is that gum I see?

Posted by ben at December 15, 2006 07:40 PM