Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape(s)
I saw the subject of this week’s challenge and thought that I would post what is considered an “iconic” landscape shot. This photo is taken through the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands, Utah at dawn. I arrived at the scene well before sunrise and there was already a crowd of photographers there. They were also not the most courteous of photographers who would let you in to be able to “get the shot”. In the end, there was one kind fellow who allowed me to duck in under his tripod so I could share the view. Not the best angle or framing but I took what I could get.
In fact, I took a couple of quick shots there to get the scene that everyone takes and then bailed out to take less crowded shots from around the arch rather than through it. When I look back at these photos I much prefer the ones that I took from “around the corner” because they remind me of a relaxed, quiet experience rather than stressing to find a place among some fairly self-absorbed people.
These days if I run into that kind of photographer “gaggle” I often just wander off nearby and take a different angle away from the crowd. It saves the aggravation and lets me enjoy the experience rather than fighting for that “perfect” shot.