A composition is seen through the eyes, refined through the viewfinder, and then transformed into an image when the shutter is tripped. Even when carefully done, the post processed image may still not make the cut into a quality photograph. How do I know this? Only 2 of the 5 images processed from this day’s shoot have made onto the blog.
All of these “failed” images are reminders to take your time while out shooting. Even when you see a composition and capture it, take some time to scan the scene ahead through the viewfinder. If you are using a wide-angle, switch lenses and scan the scene with a long lens. There are likely great photographs from the very spot you started shooting from. Photography is usually not a race, but a chance to slow down and enjoy the scene through your eyes and through the camera.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 280mm, f/14, 1/30 sec
Singleton Springs (CA), Stratified Pine Forest, Rain Evaporation, Monochrome. Mormon Emigrant Trail, El Dorado National Forest, CA. June 18, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.