|Rock Behind Ice Plant - Morro Bay, CA|
Capturing unique photographs of iconic locations requires photographic vision. This is a prerequisite. It is not possible with it.
I define photographic vision as a vivid and imaginative conception. Essentially, it is both creativity and previsualization rolled into one. Put more simply, it is adding a bit of yourself to your photographs. There is only one unique you, with your own perspective and approach. By tapping into that you can create images that are different than those captured by others.
One tip is to find less travelled, less viewed angles. Several years ago when I visited the Grand Canyon I hiked to Shoshone Point before dawn to catch the sunrise. It was summer and the park was crowded, yet nobody else was there. No one made that hike. Another example is Morro Bay. I found a lesser known beach entry that provided an uncommon view of Morro Rock.
|Sunrise Over Vishnu Temple - Grand Canyon, AZ|
Finally, one can use unusual equipment to capture unique photographs. If everyone else is using a wide-angle lens, pull out a telephoto lens. If everyone is using a telephoto, attach a wide-angle to your camera. Perhaps use something really unusual like a Holga camera. If you are doing something different, your photographs will be different.
The impossible prospect of capturing unique photographs of iconic locations isn't quite as daunting as it at first seems. Yes, it is difficult, and requires the photographer to do his or her absolute best. But it is far from an impossible proposition.