One of Ansel Adams’ better known images is of the classic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church located in Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico. Everyone who goes to Taos makes a stop at this mission to photograph its intriguing lines and historic shape. The main entrance of the building shown below is a fairly straightforward and famous image and I wanted to be sure to photograph this angle for posterity’s sake.
After shooting a few frames from the front, I set about to create something that wasn’t as instantly recognizable. I walked around the mission with my Nikon D800 and 14-24mm f2.8, hoping to find a composition that worked well. I finally found the shot I wanted from the back of the building by pushing in very tight and shooting wide angle at 14mm.
This is the quintessential Road to Hana photograph. I’ve seen it in hundreds of advertisements, tour books, TV commercials and websites. Quite literally, there is a single spot where everyone stands to take this shot. How does a photographer bring something new and different to a photograph that has been taken by tens of thousands of people?
In my case, I brought along an IR camera to see if the shot might come alive in a different way. I don’t recall seeing any photographs of this spot that were taken with an Infrared (IR) camera, so I gave it the ol’ college try.
That’s what I love about photography. Just because someone else has taken the shot before, doesn’t mean that you can’t put your own twist on it.
Always keep exploring. Always keep trying. Always keep experimenting.
Here’s another version without color in the sky.