We don’t grow as photographers unless we push out of our comfort zone, unless we master a difficult technique, and unless we can create images by shaping light instead of taking the easy way out. Beautiful locations make a good excuse to not get creative. I like to make an image interesting by forcing myself to photograph in uncommon areas or areas with difficult lighting, focusing on the more interesting part of the image, the people, the composition, the light. This allows myself to problem solve and deal with situations that are otherwise easily avoided such as crappy locations, harsh sunlight, barely enough light and the list goes on.
For example, I happened upon this image from a recent session while transitioning from one location to another. It’s only a ramp, with a well spread overcast. Normally, I would’ve walked past this but with Speedlights and Light shapers at my arsenal I wanted to create an image that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Lighting different parts of the image to make it visually more interesting as opposed to the latter, which is an image taken in natural boring light.
Nikon 28 f1.8 @ f/2