Sometimes there are limited options which leads to everyone's photo looking the same. An example is Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest.
There is really only one place to stand where you can see most of the falls. This has led to everyone's photos looking pretty much the same. I tried to be different by converting to black and white.
If you google for images on the internet you can find many examples of iconic photos. Try it yourself by entering "Butchart gardens images" and look at the top images. They will look very similar to mine.
Now, researchers at Google and University of Washington have taken this to the next level. They have searched through 86 million images on publically accessible photo websites looking for "iconic photos".
The Butchart Gardens photo shows up around the four-minute mark in the video.
This video would not be possible without people's tendency to take iconic photos. As you can tell from my photos, I guilty of taking them as well. It's OK to take the iconic photo, just don't stop there. Look around for other shots from different angles that also tell a story, like these, also from Butchart Gardens.
|A Photographer's World|
|Also taken at Butchart|
|As is this one. I have no idea what kind of flower it was but it was interesting.|
Have fun and go Beyond The Iconic Photo.