I’m always impressed with photographers that can take a scene that is neither beautiful nor unique and through careful composition create thought provoking art. These are typically the scenes or subjects that most of us walk past and never look back. But what happens when you find something that catches your eye, what do you do? I tend to slow down, walk around, see how the foreground elements line up with the background elements. I never drop and shoot without looking at all the options, unless I need to work fast. Sometimes I even walk away from the scene for a short time then walk back and see how it feels. This is how I prepare to shoot but by far the most important step for me is the mental process of deciding what I want from the shot. What exactly am I trying to capture, to convey, to express in this pic. I actually visualize the final image, then I begin to shoot.