For decades, I’ve marveled at the “golden sticks” protruding out of the tree line bordering Interstate 495 (Washington beltway). Those sticks (as I would learn embarrassingly late in life) are called spires.
Spire: A tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, typically a church tower.
Anyway, I wandered off the beltway and found myself purposely lost around the Rockville, MD area . To my surprise, I stumbled upon The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In short, I believe this is a Mormon temple.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t traveling with my professional camera gear so I had to depend on my handy dandy Iphone 6. Luckily, it was an overcast day so my camera phone didn’t have to do any heavy lifting to obtain a balanced exposure. I did, however, pay attention to my composition and made sure I waited for most people to leave my scene.
Tips of the day:
- Don’t be afraid to become purposely lost. Explore the unfamiliar. Turn down an unknown road. Venture into a strange town. It’s a great way to find new locations to shoot.
- To quote commercial photographer extraordinaire Chase Jarvis, “The best camera is the one with you”. Embrace your camera phone.
- Even though you’re using a camera phone, still act like a photographer. Composition matters.
- Overcast, cloudy days are some of the best times to do outdoor photography.