The Tip Off
The Shot On The Way To The Shot
It's happened a great number of times that, while driving to a predetermined scene or location, I looked out of the window and exclaimed, "Man! Look at that!" The thought of stopping entered my mind and I even stepped on the brakes several times, slowing to a crawl, but decided to keep on going to the predetermined "better" location. I've done this for years. More often than not, the scenes that I passed up throughout the years are more vivid in my mind than the ones that I photographed at the destination.
Recently, I made the conscious decision to stop at every photo opportunity that grabs my attention, even if I'm not initially sure why; even if I'm in a hurry; even if it drives my fellow photo buddies nuts. I've gotten to the point that I almost suffer a mild anxiety attack if I drive or walk past an image that should be given a closer look. But, a work habit has evolved that has made me view everything as subject material and I am learning to see beyond the obvious. It makes sense that if one is in an area with no apparent image to make, one would start looking at different options for image making. This is a reason to look at, study, and analyze everything you can. The more open you are to visual sensations and the more images that are in your imagination, the more you will see to photograph.
In our busy lives, which are destination oriented, we often lose sight of what is between point A and point B. Many times the journey will be of greater interest and will yield more excellent and marketable images than the final destination. It's important to keep one's eyes and mind open to image possibilities everywhere.
All images shot on Fuji Velvia
using the Nikon F5 and Nikkor lenses and were scanned for publication
using the Nikon Super Coolscan 4000.
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