To really see something familiar, sometimes we need to see it from an unfamiliar perspective. That which is so familiar is often overlooked. Our brains tell us that we've already seen it; we don't need to look at it any longer.
Don't listen! Find a new perspective and take another look.
I used f/2.8 in order to blur the background. I didn't want all that busyness in my photo. Because the sun shone strong and the aperture was wide open, I chose a fast shutter speed of 1/1000 which resulted in a properly exposed image.