Find a Needle in the Haystack
My photographic process starts by finding ideas for images, but I'm still not running. Pick up my camera, not just yet before I do that. There's another step, and that step is visualization. A picture in my mind How I imagine the image will look in print. I start by drawing a picture, sometimes mentally and occasionally on paper. When I have the picture, I add notes, taking into account things like, What's the best light, camera, position and angle? What equipment will I need? What would be the ideal weather and when is the best time of day or time of year even to get the shot? I think a lot about camera settings concentrating on lens aperture and shutter speed. So when the moment comes are not caught up in technique. Now I do appreciate this approach is time consuming and takes effort. But while there's no guarantee I'll get what I set out to get, the work I put in upfront does mean I give myself the very best chance of being in the right place at the right time, with the right gear o...
n the right settings, which is important because one thing you can guarantee When the moment does come, it'll pass by in the blink of an eye, searching for that once in a lifetime composition. That moment, when light and circumstance coincide a magic happens, is a little like looking for a needle in a haystack. What I've learned is, and this is the reason I put so much effort individualization in the first place. It's a lot easier to find a needle in a haystack when you know it's a needle you're looking for. No.