The difference between shooting an image and having that image turned into “fine art photography” is whether or not you at least have an idea of what the final photograph could look like once post-processing is completed. There have been more times in the past where I shoot an image because it is worth capturing. Yet once back home on the workstation, the image may look good, but ultimately does not pack that punch to capture the viewer. Capturing wide vistas is great, but how does it translate on to a single image. Not every image can be a 180 degree panorama, right? It is the constant struggle between wanting to capture everything you see in a scene (because what you see in front of you is awesome) versus capturing a subject or element that ultimately result in a stronger visual image.
I have discussed in the past on being a quality (instead of quantity) shooter. Typically for me, that means shooting fewer images, but spending more time selecting and composing the the scene, taking variations of that composition, and start formulating in my mind what I think the resulting photograph will become.
EXIF data: center-weighted metering, ISO100, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec (w/ c-pol)
Bandon (OR), Rock, Surf, Spray, Monochrome. Bandon, OR. August 05, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.