Photos with impact can also be achieved by shooting a point of interest in the foreground only a few centimeters from the camera and the ground. Try to find a patch of colour to fill the foreground – a cluster of flowers for example. With the low angle, the foreground will dominate the image and the rest of the landscape will appear more distant than usual. The result has impact because we do not normally see scenes from this viewpoint.
The PowerShot SX30 IS and G12 feature a vari-angle viewing screen that makes shooting at a low angle much easier. The screen folds out from the camera and can be turned so that you can look down on the image from above.
The alternative is to lie down on the ground to look at the image before shooting. Some landscape photographers carry a plastic sheet so that they can lie down without getting wet or dirty.