Which Angle to Take; Take Them All Of Course

I have been busy on a somewhat arduous yet enjoyable task lately…organizing and cataloging my photos from 2007. This task has been long overdue, and there is quite the number of photos I am dealing with. I may write up a post soon about the process I am going through. Unfortunately I have been so wrapped up in it that I have simply forgotten to write up a post in the last couple of days.

For today’s post I decided to pull some photos from the archives I am working through, back to last April. Today was a particularly blustery day here in Utah, so I figure some photos of the sun that is to come isn’t such a bad thing. Last year we did some camping in southern Utah with some friends and passed by the Manti LDS Temple on our way to and from. We stopped on the way back for a walk and some photos (of course).

Whenever I photograph a building, particularly a popular one, I am always wondering what is the best angle to take the photo from. I always make a conscious effort to capture the “obvious” snapshot that everyone else takes, because, well that obvious shot is usually a pretty good one. But then I feel compelled to try and take things from a different angle than the norm. I enjoy coming home and looking through the photos I have taken and seeing which out of the various angles I end up liking best.

I would call this first shot (above) the most popular as it shows the entire building from the hill where they hold the annual Manti Pageant. It does take a bit of a trek to get in position for the shot, but well worth the view. As I traveled around the building, I snapped a few other shots from perhaps other typical vantage points, and some less typical.

So, my question to you is, which do you prefer. Or, perhaps, do you think I could have done better and how? Honestly I wasn’t attempting to create a work of art while snapping these shots, hardly possible when you have kids in tow and no time to plan a shot or wait for the best possible lighting. That aside, I was happiest with the last shot for perhaps being the most interesting with the trees in the foreground. There is a little more obstruction of the building than I think most would like, but I rather like how the building just pokes out from the trees.

All in all, I think the message is my typical one. Take all the vantage points, it doesn’t cost you more! In the world of digital you can always toss out shots later if you must. Half the fun is searching for creative ways of viewing things in ways that others may not notice.

Canon 20D, 28-135, various settings.
also seen on flickr