I love to talk about backgrounds. For me, the background is often one of the most important elements to a photograph. That’s why when I get to a location, my Background Alert System is turned on and I immediately start looking for a killer background to host my subject. I was photographing ducks at a […]
As far as I know the great Ansel Adams coined the idea of pre-visualization. In it’s basic form, it is the idea of visualizing the final image at the moment you are clicking the shutter. Ansel mastered this practice to epic levels. He is legendary for taking copious notes about the exposure and scene and […]
Copyright Scott Bourne 2009 – All Rights Reserved I’ve talked here before about pre-visualization. But for some of you, my discussion has been too ethereal. You want some concrete steps you can take to improve your pre-visualization skills. In order to effectively pre-visualize, there are some things you can do to prepare. a. Go somewhere […]
Here’s the story of my image – “Cranes in the Fire Mist.”
Slightly more than 12 years ago, I saw an image by my friend Arthur Morris. It contained a lake full of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and Ross’ Geese, backlit by a blazing, golden sun.
The image struck me to the point that I spent the last 12 years trying to re-create my own version of it.
In the image I pre-visualized, there would be one or two birds flying into the pond while the others waited to take off. It’s an almost impossible scenario because a number of factors have to converge in a perfect storm for it to work.
First, I knew it would probably have to be made at Bosque del Apache. This is one of the few places where that particular combination of birds occurs in large quantities.
Next, it would have to be made in the winter when both the birds, and the weather conditions would provide the chance for the visuals to work.