Upload & Sell: On
See, that's what Glenn and I talk about so often, if people would just let us have complete control of the imaging process, the results would be breathtaking every time. More often than not we are forced into taking what we can get, when we can get it, and we do pretty well given the restrictions, but if we are could call the shots, they'd look like that one!
I don't know if I exert more pressure on the photographic situation these days, or maybe I have risen to a level in the industry where new and existing clients appreciate what I am capable of producing for them, but over the last few years I have noticed that I am able to pretty much lay out the scenarios that will produce the work of their dreams, and the clients do what they can to help me, or at least give me the freedom that allows me to create those scenarios. Kind of nice actually, after decades of trying to fit round things into square openings, to have the freedom to create a product that fits exactly. After all, the investment for them is the same, and sometimes less, so why not do what we all can to make sure they get what they're paying for.
That is one of the reasons that our "Snakebite" shots from a few weeks ago turned out as they did, we brainstormed and everyone did whatever they could to make what we had asked for happen. As is so often the case, if we were an hour later on the vortices composition, it would have lost a considerable amount of it's punch. It's all about being able to "see" the shot ahead of time, (can't take credit for seeing the vortices, they were a bonus), thinking about that shot constantly so you refine what needs to happen to get it, then doing your best to keep all the pieces moving in that direction.
One of the things that I admire and respect about Glenn, is his ability to do all those things, keep his eye on the shot, and do whatever is necessary to herd the cats to the point where the shutter clicks and the goal is accomplished. Many people have the photographic talent to capture a stellar image once it's all set up and in from of them. Few are those photographers who can envision it, orchestrate all the aspects of it (without throwing in the towel half way through when it seems impossible), and then capture it. If you have all the tenacity necessary to accomplish that, then I think God rewards you with more than you envisioned, perfectly formed vortices for instance.........