I got into a habit when we were walking around Italy, visiting a seemingly endless series of churches.
I would take a few pictures and then, looking for some unique and new angle to photograph, I would say to myself, ‘What if I isolated the steeple of the church against the blue background of the sky? I’ll bet that would make a cool and interesting photo.’
I would take the picture and walk away, very satisfied with myself.
“What a creative and innovative photographer you are, Jeremy!” I would think. “You’re probably the first person who has ever thought of taking a picture of a church steeple against the backdrop of the sky. You will probably get a job offer from National Geographic on the strength of these photos.”
Then I started going through all of my photos and I realized…just how often I did this.
I’d done it in Prague.
I’d done it in Indonesia.
I’d done it in Thailand.
I’d done it a bunch of times in Thailand.
I’d done it in Laos.
I’d done it in Fiji, our very first country on the trip.
I’d even done it at a secular temple to opera in Australia.
So maybe I need to put this technique back on the shelf for a bit, huh?