Here's the third in what I guess has become a Yosemite winter series. In this image Half Dome peeks through the clouds to find Cook's Meadow decorated in white by a departing winter storm (look closely and you can see the snow is still falling).
I thought I'd try to get a few words in before the photography police haul me away for breaking "the rule of thirds," which says (among other things), "Thou shalt not split your scene in the middle." But honestly, like many pros I'm a serial offender of this and many other photography "rules." The truth is, I've yet to find a rule in photography that couldn't be broken, and sometimes (don't tell anyone) consider these rules a personal challenge.
Photography requires a difficult synergy of the right (creative) and left (analytical) brains. The left brain keeps track of "the rules," guides your fingers to the correct dials and buttons on your camera, and helps you understand why something does or doesn't work--pretty much everything to take you right up to the shot. The more you can make that stuff second nature, the better your results will be, because ultimately you're an artist (really!) and not a scientist, and the thinking part of your brain interferes with your creative process. In other words, when you're in the field searching for and capturing evocative scenes of nature you need to tell your left brain to shut up.
Imagine a golfer who works and works on his swing, over and over practicing the coordination of legs, hips, arms, hands, and head until it becomes second nature. All of that repetition is absolutely essential to his success, but he can't think about any of it during competition--when the chips are down he turns off all conscious thought and does what feels right.
As a photographer you need to get out with your camera as much as possible, play with the controls, take lots of pictures, experiment, evaluate everything and try to understand what does and doesn't work. Look at the work of others with the same critical eye, and create shots in your mind even when you don't have a camera. But when Mother Nature delivers the magic, be ready to turn off your brain and shoot with your heart.
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