As I was preparing to line up my photograph of Tim Wolfer with Cozzetti Construction Inc., I was thinking of one thing and one thing only…symmetry.
Quickly defined, it is when one shape, as in this case the one side of the roof, is similar to the other. (Sadly, symmetry is the only thing I remember from high school geometry.)
Anyway, homes along North Phoenix Avenue, as well as most of Summerhaven, are stacked on the steep hillsides much like the houses in Bisbee. In other words, it is like one house that almost sits on top of another.
At street level, I was too low. After doing the visual math in my head I realized in order to get a symmetrical photo of Wolfer working on the roof, all I had to do was step across the street, walk uphill along a short driveway and I would be at the same height as Wolfer.
As I stood on the edge of the driveway and lined up my shot I realized that now I was too high, at too much of an angle. I needed to be lower. I crouched down then later laid on my stomach to get the desired effect.
I used my personal Canon EOS 5D Mark II with the Star’s 100-400mm 5.6 zoom lens and rated the ISO at 400. The program was on manual so I set my shutter speed was at 1/400 and the aperture was f14.
I preferred the faster shutter speed because at that altitude the thinner air made it hard to breathe (I hold my breath when taking photos) so at that speed I found it easier to keep the camera steady and large depth of field so there would be a lot in focus.