Which is your best side?
Most people photograph "better" from one side versus the other. There are a variety of reasons for this, including the fact that faces aren't completely symmetrical. Portrait photographers - whose job it is to make their subjects look their best - know which factors affect what the camera sees, and how to pose the person accordingly.
Are there best sides in nature, too?
Sure! And like portrait artists, nature photographers employ some of the same methods to portray their subjects in the most pleasing way possible (like lighting and camera angles). There are limits, though. Good luck getting that bison to pose for you.
That said, I can think of a subject right here in my own "backyard" that's equally attractive from either side: the Teton Range. While the beautiful gneiss faces also lack symmetry (just like human models), it doesn't matter. They photograph equally well from the east and west.
Most visitors to Jackson Hole view the mountains from within the national park. A spectacular site, to be sure. Yet the many who never see the Tetons from the other side are missing something special.
Whether from Alta (WY), Tetonia, Ashton - or so many other spots in between - there are some amazing views of the Teton Range (especially the central peaks of Mount Owen, Grand Teton, Middle Teton, and South Teton) waiting for those who venture over to the "quiet side."
Gaze at the mountains from Jackson Hole. Then head over the pass to enjoy an alternate view.
Do the Tetons have a best side?
I don't think so. Both are remarkable.
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