Photo quote for today: "You don't take a photograph, you make it" - Ansel Adams
The one thing that trumps everything when it comes to making that great image is your ability to visualize the finished image. There is nothing new about this concept, the most well known photographer of our time, Ansel Adams, was unquestionably the master of visualization. Now that we've arrived into the digital age we have within our reach the ability to control every aspect of image creation. So the next time you come across your next jaw dropping subject take a moment to pause and visualize the final result.
In my series below on the lifeguard stations of Siesta Key, my visualization was that of a very simple composition. I wanted the stations to pop out, complemented by an interesting sky. Because I now live in a region known as the Sun Coast it took several weeks of weather watching, and numerous trips to the beach, to capture the raw images. I've purposely included the original image of the blue station as a before an after comparison of what I visualized in the final image.
Though I now make my home in Sarasota, Florida, I'm originally a Maine native. I've been capturing images of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Western U.S, and Europe for over thirty-six years. Whether hiking, on my skis or snowshoes, or in my kayak, my camera is usually never far away. My basic photography interests are nature and landscape, but will never pass-up an opportunity to photograph whatever catches my eye. I've displayed my work in galleries and shows throughout my original home state, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and now here in Sarasota, and have had work appear in the pages of publications such as Maine Fish and Wildlife, the calendars of Down East, Maine Geographic, and Maine Scene. I was also selected and showcased in Nature Photographer's Annual Review, titled “In Celebration of the Earth”, a review of both amateur and professional photographers from throughout North America. Like many photographers, I started out with film and have now made the transition to digital. I really enjoy the flexibility, creativity, and control I have over the final image, and want to share that result with the viewers of this blog.