Looking at Familiar Scenes in Fresh, New Ways

by Linda Eodice

Lone Cypress BW
Lone Cypress BW
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Some views of often-seen monuments or scenes have become practically trite, such as Half Dome, as viewed from any number of Yosemite Valley locations. The next time you visit that familiar view of Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, take a little time to scout out unique vantage points that you havenít seen a dozen times before. Perhaps you can find a high or low view of your subject. You might also consider trying some different post-processing techniques to create a new look. If you normally shoot in color, duplicate one of your favorite photos and turn it into a sepia or black-and-white image. You might want to try a texture overlay or another effect in Photoshop or another image-editing program.

The Lone Cypress on Californiaís central coast is a real icon of the 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Itís been photographed hundreds of thousands of times, and many landscape photographers have at least one shot of this famous isolated tree in their collections (including me). I was lucky on a summer afternoon to find good views of the Lone Cypress that werenít fogged in. To try to create a more unique image for my portfolio this time around, I converted one of my photos to a subtle sepia tone.

Mt. Rushmore Crevice View
Mt. Rushmore Crevice View
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How many times have we seen the typical view of the four presidents carved into Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota? I started out by snapping these oft-seen pictures of this monument in front of the visitorsí center, and then ventured closer in search of more original views. As I approached the monument, I found a rock with a crevice that provided an interesting framing element. I captured this image through the crevice in the rock, which has been published in Northwest Airlinesí in-flight magazine about Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands of South Dakota.

Even the most often-photographed subjects have some unique views. All you have to do is take the time to find them!


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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for BetterPhoto.com (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.