On the one hand, photos like this are a dime a dozen. Every photographer has taken one, every Martha Stewart book or travel guide has one (at the very least) gracing its pages, and every farmers market has greeting cards with almost the exact same shot that you can buy for $2 and send to your grandma. On the other hand, there is a reason that images like this are so popular. They are colorful and full of detail. While similar, each is slightly different due to time of year and location in the world, which makes them excellent “travel” photos. And perhaps most importantly, they provide with an excellent sense of place. Like scenic bridge or slot canyon photos, an image like this takes us back to a time and place that we once existed in.
Canon 5D with a 24-70/2.8 L, 2006 at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.