A few years ago, I took a trip to Maine with my wife. My wife was born and raised in Portland, so we try to go back and visit family every few years. While we were there on this one particular trip, we decided to see a few lighthouses - as every tourist does.
After scouting around for a few hours, we ended up at Nubble Light in York. As I was walking on the rocks looking for things to photograph, I noticed that there was this large group of photographers gathered in one location ahead of me. All of them had their super expensive cameras with massive lenses, all lined up in a row of tripods. It turns out, they were all there to photograph the same lighthouse - I guess it's pretty famous.
As I was watching them snap away image after image, a thought crossed my mind. I wondered why they put so much effort in shooting a subject that has been documented a thousand times over - and is on every postcard, in every tourist shop in Maine. In fact, there was a store in the parking lot that sold postcards of the same lighthouse - all for less than a buck. So I decided instead of shooting a picture of a postcard, I wanted to find a scene that would be more interesting. Above was one image that I felt was acceptable.