I got into a habit when we were walking around Italy, visiting a seemingly endless series of churches.

Pisa Cathedral, Italy

Pisa Cathedral, Italy

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.’

Basilica of St. Clare, Assisi

Basilica of St. Clare, Assisi

I would take the picture and walk away, very satisfied with myself.

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

“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.”

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Then I started going through all of my photos and I realized…just how often I did this.

Basilica di Santo Spirito, Florence

Basilica di Santo Spirito, Florence

I’d done it in Prague.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

I’d done it in Indonesia.

Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I’d done it in Thailand.

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

I’d done it a bunch of times in Thailand.

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

I’d done it in Laos.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

I’d done it in Fiji, our very first country on the trip.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, Nadi, Fiji

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, Nadi, Fiji

I’d even done it at a secular temple to opera in Australia.

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So maybe I need to put this technique back on the shelf for a bit, huh?