Remember this iconic image of Ansel Adams atop his car on his homemade shooting platform? Silly as it sounds, I had a similar arrangement way back when and found the extra 7-foot elevation to be of immense value in improving my compositions. I've long ago moved on from that vehicle, but the concept is about to make a comeback in my photographic life.
In preparation for the temporarily-named "LensWork Road Show" — of which I'll have more to say as soon as we're ready to make a formal announcement on our website — I'm having a custom cargo trailer made that will allow me to once again incorporate a shooting platform that will elevate my point of view. I am so excited about this I can hardly stand it. The platform will go where the ladder rack is in this photo.
It's simply amazing what that extra bit of perspective does to improve the angle of view, particularly in the desert and other flat landscapes. Instead of a sliver of land and an expansive sky, it's also possible to have an expansive foreground of the land with a sliver of sky.
Here is a poor man's version of the same thing and the image I created from this only slightly elevated position. I'm standing on a wheeled tool box I use to carry photo gear. Don't laugh; when you are blessed — ahem — with a 26" inseam inherited from your Armenian grandfather, you take advantage of every bit of elevation you can muster.
Just imagine the foreground possibilities with another 7 feet of elevation using a shooting platform.