Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Iconic Towers

Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Iconic Towers

Camera Held VerticallyI’ve learned the hard way that video should always be shot holding your camera in a horizontal or “landscape” orientation to avoid “Vertical Video Syndrome.”

When taking still photos, there’s no such hard-and-fast rule, and many scenes can be shot either horizontally or vertically.

But sometimes, you  have to turn your camera on-end to get the best image. Here are three examples.

Redding, California, sits astride Interstate 5, the main highway connecting The Golden State to Sundial Bridge, Redding, Californiathe Pacific Northwest. It’s the largest city north of the state capitol, Sacramento, in the great Central Valley of California.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the often-photographed icon of San Francisco. The 700-foot long Sundial Bridge spanning the Sacramento River is Redding’s counterpart.

The glass-decked Sundial Bridge opened on July 4, 2004. Its single, 217-foot high pylon casts a shadow on a large sundial on the north bank of the river.

I’ve photographed the bridge from many angles, with some shots depicting the entire structure, and other just part of it. My favorite is this one with the sun glinting off one side of the pylon.

Totem Pole, Sitka National Historical Park

The tepee is the icon of the American Plains Indians. In Navajo country, it’s the hogan.

But as you head north from Washington State, through British Columbia, and into Southeast Alaska, the stand-out structure built by native peoples is the totem pole.

I shot this photo on a cool, overcast day at Sitka National Historical Park. A two-mile long path through the park is lined with these sculpted, obelisk-like poles. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see a new one being carved in an on-site workshop.

 Saguaro, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, ArizonaIn the arid landscape of the Sonoran Desert surrounding Phoenix and Tucson, it’s a natural plant tower, not a man-made testament to human engineering or culture, that catches your eye: The Saguaro cactus.

Saguaro are slow-growing, long-lived, and often many “armed.” In places like Saguaro National Park, the hillsides and valley look like a nursery for green-ribbed telephone poles.

During a late-March visit to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, this saguaro signaled “Thumbs Up” to life in the Valley of The Sun.

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