It’s always a challenge for me to go to a site that has been photographed a million times from the same point of view. There’s that one shot. The one Ansel Adams did or the one that has been in all the travel magazines. You just got to get that one, right?
Well, when it is the first time being at this place for me and that shot has been in my mind all along, yeah I need that one. At the same time, it’s been done a million times. It’s easy for the conditions to be wrong and that is a setup for disappointment, or inspiration!
When we went to see Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, it was not at that perfect time of sunrise or sunset and there were lots of people walking around and posing for their tourist shot in front of the arch. These situations usually frustrate me initially, then I start looking around for alternates to what I originally had in mind. It’s amazing what is right in front of you when you open your eyes.
I know it is always a good idea to plan for where you want to go and try to get there when the light and conditions are right but, that is not always possible. When faced with that situation when you plans go astray, you always have a choice. Walk away complaining about how fate has wronged you again or, look for that hidden gem that was put there just for you to find.
Look at the detail rather than the big picture. Walk around to the back or side or try a higher or lower vantage point. Include those annoying people in your shot. Sometimes that gives scale to what you are seeing and sometimes, they’re just darned funny. The point I’m trying to make here is, there is no 1 perfect spot for any location. There are many. Looking at a place from a different point of view is often the source of the best pictures and a way to keep yourself from going crazy from all those irritating things that spoil your plans!
Canyonlands National Park
Southeastern Utah, USA