Hummingbird’s point of view
This is hardly a point, or at least a special one. We all know the hummingbird’s skill and habit of flying just to stay in midair immovable, keeping same distance to all objects around, especially to flowers at which they are nectaring. Hoverflies can do that amazingly well, and with lesser skill some other flying insects like the heavy bumblebee. That’s the only reason you can make a regular object photo of them as they prepare to sit down on a flower. I have no photos of hummingbirds, unknown in Europe, but many of flying hoverflies and bumblebees. Most recent are pics catching them enter the calyx of a foxglove, and showing them go inside the deep tunnel with hairy obstacles making their leaving more difficult. The camera following them in this journey allows us to get a look around in that small space, from the POV of the bee, almost with your nose inside a flower.
Not only insects, and some birds can stay midair immovably, so does the camera in the sure hand of the photographer not equipped with a tripod, and anyone who tries to make a macro photo, from a distance of 2-5 centimeters. However sure the hand, smallest movement of the body can destroy a photo, as does the wind, the big troublemaker. The close reading of the details is only possible with digital camera, which shows aspects so far unseen, unnoticed or imperceptible for unarmed human eyes.
See the green shadow on the bud of the hibiscus, how it changes dark red color of the petals, painting some actual green on their surface. The POV must be situated within the object to create the picture.
The object’s point of view
Objects we look at do also have their own points of view. The photographs showing the outlook of the sky or of the garden as seen from the camera touching the flower is showing this flower’s point of view. In Some consolation you can follow the grass-perspective (down-to-earth), shown on my blog many times, recently in the post about the foxglove’s calyxes falling down and losing interest of most onlookers, but followed by my camera in their afterlife on grass.
Most prominent POVs are created by rain drops, frozen ones included (how many). All create views: delicate and almost imperceptible for our eyes, before they are caught by a digital camera and processed in a picture gallery program. That the drops’ POV is different from the camera’s is proven by the fact that the tiny pictures in the drops are showing things that may be off the frame of the camera. If you are skeptical, here is another proof: the pictures made by raindrops are showing the world upside-down, to compare them with reality you have to turn them twice: 180 deg. vertically and 180 deg. left-right. Different enough to claim originality? And what about their ability to preserve rectangular forms although they are spheres? –
I could make a long list of photos made by rain-drops which I have published in both my blogs. Let me only add here some new, made recently by the raindrops on the foxglove (in June) and on the hibiscus-bud (a week ago).