I don’t understand why many “how to” photography guides mention not to take the cliché photos of famous destinations and landmarks. I think this is the first thing you should do. Get them out of the way so you can then get your creative juices flowing. Scenic overlooks and viewing platforms are great for photography. That is why they are there. They were chosen in many cases for their viewing angles. Don’t spend all of your time there, but use them as a baseline in your photography.
Say to yourself “Self, how can I make this shot more unique?”. Once you have gotten the cliché photo, free yourself from the constraints of getting “the shot” and find your new and interesting angles. Even if they don’t work out you know you have at least one keeper. Say to yourself (in your inside voice so people don’t think you’re a freak) “Self, how can I make this shot more unique?” More often than not your favorite will be one that you least expected.
Cathedral Rock from Red Rock Crossing–Sedona, AZ
If you ever wanted to feel like you were in an old western movie head to Sedona, AZ. Having grown up with my Mom watching old western movies it all feels oddly familiar. On my most recent trip, I was able to shoot this classic view of Cathedral Rock. The red sandstone formations in this area are incredible when the early morning or late afternoon light reflects off of them. I had to wade across the river to get to these small reflection pools, but sometimes you need to get wet to get the shot. Maybe there was an easier way around the river, but I kind of get a one track mind when I am by myself so I just bulldog on through. Smart? No. Effective? Yes! Sorry Mom….
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