I’ve read and heard it a thousand times: Don’t go for the obvious. A unique viewpoint will give you a better image.
This one’s anything but obvious. In fact, you’re probably wondering what the heck it is. (And, I hope, you’re also admiring its stark beauty.)
There’s a wooden footbridge across the Hanapepe River, on the south shore of Kauai, known as the Swinging Bridge. The view of the river from the middle of the bridge is lovely, and so are the views of the bridge itself from one end or the other. I did grab some snapshots of those, but really — how many thousands of other folks have, too?
The day we were there was overcast, and the river was full of silty runoff after days of heavy downpour. As a result, the water was a subdued teal color. Looking down off the bridge, I noticed the angle of the wooden supports and the contrast they made against the river.
Using a wide aperture (f6.3) yielded a shallow depth of field that added to the abstraction of the image.