The world is a beautiful place filled with recognizable monuments, natural wonders, and gorgeous sites, but only a few of those places are truly iconic.
It’s always fun to visit an iconic place and trying a fresh alternative to the traditional image. Put your own spin on things so that your pictures really stand out. When you accomplish something that’s really different, go ahead and use the shot on your blog or even sell it online on a site like Dreamstime. For more info on how to turn your creation into a stock photo, click here
Here’s a look at some of those places and how you might have a little photographic fun:
Times Square, Manhattan, New York
New York City is filled with many iconic landmarks, but Times Square may be the most photographed of them all. You may remember the infamous photograph of the sailor kissing a nurse on VJ Day, marking the end of World War II. Though the couple in the picture was never identified, hundreds of couples visit the same spot each year to re-enact the pose. Instead of pointing your lens up or down Broadway, why not aim upwards and capture the buildings and lights from a unique perspective?
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Built in the first century AD, the Colosseum was once home to spectacular gladiator fights, slaughtered animals, and tormented prisoners. Today, the ancient framework consisting of Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns is still a remarkable sight. The typical photograph of this structure is the Colosseum in its entirety, but if you want something a little less like the standard stock photo, why not take advantage of natural framing? Use the archways, courtyards, and doorways to give shape and a little more depth to your image.
The Space Needle, Seattle, Washington
Originally a symbol of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle’s Space Needle is now synonymous with the city itself. At the top, you get a spectacular 360-degree view of the city including the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Most people photograph the Space Needle from directly below, but why should you settle for something everyone else is doing? For a new take on an old standard, consider creating a mirror image – is the Space Needle reflected in a car window or building’s glass door? Get creative and you’ll have a truly unique picture of a highly photographed landmark.
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
The Lincoln Memorial, a tribute to the 16th president of the United States, is a striking part of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Most people photograph the monument, with its Ionic columns and huge statue of Abraham Lincoln, from a distance so that they can get the full building in. Sure, that’s a lovely shot, but what about having a little fun with it? Since the memorial is also on the $5 bill, why not juxtapose the bill and the real deal? That way you’re getting a photo you can cherish for years – then use that cash to buy a few postcards!
While these are just a few of the most photographed places in the world, it should give you an idea that it’s not necessary to take the same old picture everyone else has already done.