Now comes the good post, right? In a way yes, but they’re mostly all about vision to begin with anyway. When it comes down to it, even if we’re just snapping a simple shot, we’ve got intention & vision for what the shot is. It’s intertwined with the image because we have an intention for what the shot is supposed to be & look like, even if it’s subconscious. Sometimes it’s just for the sake of having a memory of that exact moment, other times it’s for having something to hang up on the wall, fill an album, or something else. It comes down to what we’re eventually going to use it for: to display, to print, to give out, to distribute, and/or to use as desktop wallpaper.
When I look at a shot I took that amazes me, even before getting into the post-processing, I sometimes wonder what I’m going to use it for…Not each & every time, but hopefully most of the time. Take for example the above photograph, very similar to the one in the previous post; this one has gone through editing (Clarity, Color, & Color Vignette) a week or so later than the previous one and there was no specific plan, or vision for it, when I originally took it just over half a month ago, but now, revisiting it, I just might do more with it, mostly because it speaks to me more after some time has passed than when it did originally. Why? I’m not altogether sure, but maybe it’s got more to do with the barely visible pathway and I’m thinking I’d do more with it then use it as just desktop wallpaper.
Sometimes, vision for a single photograph (or more) does indeed change with time and, as the above photograph is an example of this, we should always try to see how we can learn from it; not just realize that things can change when it comes to the photograph, but seeing that vision isn’t always set in stone at the time of capture. The photograph above became more than just about light & shade around a seemingly overgrown path in a botanical garden, but about the interplay of colors between the various greens of the foliage and the various oranges & browns around the two large rocks. Just go into it with an open mind and sometimes the results & possibilities will surprise you.