This morning at Ft. De Soto I found a couple Cormorants that didn't mind me being close to them. One was on the beach and one was on a post in the water. I thought these photos might illustrate the benefit of shooting at eye level. In the beach photographs below I got as close as I thought would not disturb the bird and then crouched down low to the ground. If I had stood upright while taking this picture, I would have been looking down on him and the background would be more defined; but by getting down low the sand in the background is more uniformly blurred. The Cormorant on the post above was shot from a pier. I tried to position myself to shoot the bird with the sun behind me, but the pier was significantly higher than the bird. But then I noticed stairs that went down a lower level. From there, I could stand upright and photograph the bird at eye level.