Yesterday, I spent some time in Big Sur, with the hopes of exploring the recently burned areas. I even got a code from a former resident, to go up a gated road. Unfortunately, it was all closed off, and there were utility trucks working on the gated road, so I didn’t want to take my chances this time. Instead, I had to settle for keyhole arch with all the other photographers. There were at least 15 that stayed the whole 2 hours I was there, and a steady stream of people stopping for a quick shot with their dslr or smartphone.
As interesting as it is to see the sun shine through this arch at this time of year, I didn’t really want to go because so many other people were going for the same shot. That’s exactly what unfolded as the sun started to go down. All of the photographers, except me, huddled in the same spot, trying to get the same shot. I couldn’t help but stare at them and wonder why they all needed the same angle.
One of the best exercises I ever did was take 500 photos of the same subject ( a flower.) You discover that, after a few shots, you have to get creative and try lots of different things. There are so many alternatives to the obvious shot. Shannon and I even tried to put together a challenge where we invited others to join us in taking 100 different shots of a single subject. Not many people joined in. Probably because it sounds intimidating, or very challenging…which is the point.
The reason I bring that up is I felt like I was the only one looking at the scene in front of me the same way I looked at the flower. I searched for different angles, tried different settings, different lenses, and anticipated the light. I came away with a good variety of shots of the arch. I have some really wide shots with my Tokina 11-16 2.8 and some tight shots from my 50 1.8. I think the photo above was my favorite angle. I got a killer shot with my Nikon of the golden light coming through. I can’t wait to edit it.
This was shot with VividHDR, which I’m testing out and getting ready to review. I’m pretty pleased with it, but its not perfect. Edited with Snapseed.
Edit to add:
In order to be creative, you need to be able to view things in new ways or from a different perspective. Among other things, you need to be able to generate new possibilities or new alternatives. Tests of creativity measure not only the number of alternatives that people can generate but the uniqueness of those alternatives. the ability to generate alternatives or to see things uniquely does not occur by change; it is linked to other, more fundamental qualities of thinking, such as flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity or unpredictability, and the enjoyment of things heretofore unknown.