|Summer Mow - Tehachapi, California|
This scene unfolded before me. If I had just snapped, it wouldn't have been very good. I had to think about where I wanted the tree, the lens flare, the mower, the dust--all of the details--in order to capture the feelings that I wanted to convey.
|Window Shadow - Victorville, California|
This is the photograph I envisioned capturing even before arriving on location.
|Wheat Grass - Tehachapi, California|
This is what I was capturing just before "Summer Mow" above. I had the idea to photograph a single wheat grass back lit with a low sun. I wanted some distant hills and trees at the bottom of the image and a little lens flare on the grass. I had to seek out the right location and make sure that everything was just as I wanted it.
|Flight To The Sun - Phoenix, Arizona|
It took a bunch of tries to get the airplane to appear to be being swallowed by the sun, which is the effect I was hoping for.
|Steadfast Movement - Mojave, California|
I wanted to capture the movement caused by the wind with something the wind couldn't move. This was a photograph I'd been thinking about for several months. The location, time-of-day and weather had to be just right, and one day it was.
|Man At Shoshone Point - Grand Canyon, Arizona|
To help convey the vastness of the canyon, I photographed a man at the edge. Because you can empathize with him, you can experience the uneasiness of being there.
Finally, the imaginative concept must be vivid for it to be vision. You must clearly see in your mind's eye what the final print will look like, even before opening the shutter. If you don't know where you are going before you start, you will never arrive. You have to envision the end results at the very beginning.
|Destroyed By Fire - Victorville, California|
I knew there were some burnt structures at this location. In my mind, before arriving, I pictured photographing the burnt remains through a window opening. After some searching and at the second burnt building I found just what I was looking for.
How do you get photographic vision?
|Hazy Canyon - Grand Canyon, Arizona|
I didn't want "typical" Grand Canyon photographs. I pointed the lens at the haze, which had very little details, then bumped up the contrast and saturation until I had something dream-like.
It starts with actively photographing. Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." That means the more you photograph, the more you'll naturally have vision. The more you photograph, the more you'll know exactly what you want to create and how to create it. You cannot attain vision sitting on your couch.
You should consider what your point-of-views, opinions or feelings are of what you are photographing, and think of ways to include those point-of-views, opinions or feelings into the photograph. You have a perspective in life that is unique to you--no one else sees things the exact same way that you do! Figure out how to put the uniqueness of you into your photographs.
|Rock Band - Surprise, Arizona|
I put the band in front of a freight container to give the image a more industrial look. I wanted each person to tell a different story, so I had to wait for the right moment when each one had a different expression.
Finally, if you could be known for just one photograph, what would that photograph look like? Close your eyes and imagine it. Pay close attention and note all of the details. Now open your eyes. Go create the photograph that you saw in your mind's eye--that is vision.
|Two Saguaros - Goodyear, Arizona|
I had to hike in the desert before sunrise to be in position to capture this image.
All of the photographs in this post required vision to create. Some images took research and planning and waiting, while others took seconds of consideration and a whim. Each one took some creativity, thought and seeing in my mind before opening the shutter what I wanted the finished photograph to look like. If you can do that, you have vision.