Driftwood and Rocks, Maui, Hawai'i
One of the keys to successful photography is the ability to know what looks good when photographed. A skilled photographer must be able to see as a camera sees in order to avoid that “who took that photograph with my camera?” moment we all experience. The human eye sees differently than the camera because it is connected to a brain that inconveniently forgets to see things it should and sometimes sees things it would like to be there.
The pre-visualizing types have this under control because in addition to seeing as the camera sees, they add the “here’s how I am going to process that image when I get home” part of the creative process. So, for them the whole joy of discovery is a done deal at the time they make their exposure and all they have left is the work of making their vision a reality using the tools they have under their command.
According to my highly regimented, intensely ordered and obsessive image numbering system, this image is labeled #400. Is it actually 400, or more? I'm not going to go back and count. I feel the same way about a birthday I just celebrated. It's kind of milestone but I really don't want to go back and count them all.