The Bellagio Fountains are a pretty popular photographic subject. Unfortunately, most of the photos I’ve seen are from the same perspective — people on the sidewalk shooting during the fountain show with the Bellagio resort in the background. That can be a fine image, but it’s been done to death.
Sometimes you need to approach a subject from a different angle or perspective, particularly if it’s a popular subject that everyone has seen a million times. Think about Old Faithful. Most everyone walks along the boardwalk and takes a shot. How many people hike around behind it and take a shot including the boardwalk? It’s more work, but you wind up with something that’s unique.
This shot above was from the patio of Olive’s Restaurant. I specifically didn’t want it during the water show. Instead, I wanted to use the underwater tracks because they reminded me of crop circles. It’s just a slightly different perspective on a popular subject. I thought about taking out that flare, also, but decided that it added a bit of feeling to the image that reminded me of spending time on the patio.
In the image above, I used a fisheye lens while visiting the top of the Paris Hotel’s Eiffel Tower Replica at sunset. Again, the idea is to get a different perspective on a common subject. Using the fisheye allowed me to put that curve on the horizon. Obviously, getting a different perspective from the tower changed the viewer’s experience. So look around. No matter what subject you have, there’s bound to be more than one way to shoot it. Take the traditional shot, but explore your alternatives, too.