For example, have you ever thought of holding your camera down so low that you can't even look through the viewfinder? Photographer Matthew Benson, a frequent This Old House
contributor and the author of the new book The Photographic Garden
(Rodale), sometimes does just that. A particularly striking example of the result is his portrait of a lotus (shown), which was taken by holding the camera at water level, capturing the underside of the leaves backlit against the sky. A delicate white blossom tinged with purple rises above olive-green leaves that look almost muscular, their veins bulging.