Every image needs strong underlying compositional order so that it grabs the eye from a hundred feet away…If it can’t grab the eye from a distance, it will never be an interesting photo, regardless of how many fine details it might have. Details don’t matter if there’s no story behind it.~Ken Rockwell
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Article Excerpt: Possibly the biggest curse of the digital photography revolution is that it has excessively focused photographer’s attention on technology, rather than vision. We now have tools that allow us to take very sharp pictures indeed, but a sharp photograph of a fuzzy concept is of little interest or value to anyone…Why then do the majority of photographers, magazines and enthusiast web sites concentrate almost exclusively on gear, secondarily on technique, and hardly at all on how to see? The answer is simple – it’s easier…But, a good photograph isn’t measured in line pairs per millimeter, MTF functions, S/N calculations, or any of the other measurements that photography enthusiasts recite like religious mantras. The most important tools that are used to take good photographs are the human eye, the human brain, and the human heart.~Learning To See, an essay from Luminous Landscape
Book Excerpt:“…mood refers to a state of being or emotion, while ambience describes the atmosphere associated with a place or setting. Thus, a photograph that conveys a sense of mood will have an emotional quality or feeling to it, such as serenity, joy, anger, fear or foreboding. These moods can be conveyed photographically in a number of different ways. For example, by a subject’s expresion, the use of bright versus dreary colors, heavy shadows versus bright settings, and so forth. Ambience, on the other hand, will tend to manifest itself generally, such as through all encompassing qualities like color rendering…,the hardness or softness of a light source, or the use of soft focus filter, for example. And certainly, there are times when mood and ambience merge to create an effect on the viewer.”~Joseph Meehan from his book Capturing Mood, Ambience & Dramatic Effects: The Dynamic Language of Digital Photography
I got the itchy trigger finger always wanting to capture the speed of movement, the “decisive moment”. Which is why my camera is usually set to shutter-priority mode, the better not to miss those split second shots. However, there are situations where you have to wait, to anticipate for elements to converge and come together for that picture you envisioned. Take the case of this photo – a playful boy who could not stay still, and a fountain that shoots out intermittently from the floor every second or so. Both elements were erratic, unstable, in motion. I wanted a convergence, a confluence, a meeting of the elements, so I had to wait, anticipate, prepare. And there it was, contact! Click! The touching of hand and water, of solid and liquid, the distinct and amorphous, of mortal and perpetual. The image was taken with a single shot. Photography writer Nizar Bredan in his article First Wait, then Shoot believes that waiting and anticipating are essential habits for hobbyists and photographers. I agree. This fast-paced life conditioned us to be frenetic and always on the go. Yet there are times we have to pause and linger. Patience has its reward. I remember the saying – “All good things come to those who wait.” (Photo location: Sentosa, Singapore)