California Lighthouse, Aruba
California Lighthouse in Aruba is a typical tourist trap. It’s advertised in all the island lit and appears on all the lists of places to visit while on Aruba. The key to photographing these type of overly hyped locations is to find a new way — your personal way — of capturing the image. You need to think outside the box.
Above is a typical photograph and one of the easiest to get on the island.
Here, I noticed the moon in the sky and moved around the lighthouse until I could align it as I wanted.
Most people will take a picture of the subject from a distance and move on. If you want “different” images, you need to work the subject. Close-up images of the details help set your pictures apart.
An interesting door. While we were there, I didn’t notice any of the other tourist taking this picture. Probably no one did the whole week while I was there.
I found this interesting set of stones on the northside of the lighthouse and managed to find a way to align the lighthouse up for an unusual image.
Next time you find yourself in a popular touristy place, take your time and work your subject. As my old photography teacher used to say, “Be the electron and circle taking pictures from all angles.”