Sometimes, when we find a beautiful setting, we take our camera, compose the picture and eagerly shoot a photo. We then check the LCD’s preview and see that the photo looks fine but there is something important missing from the image. It could be a balancing feature or a pattern-breaking element. Many times what the photo needs is a human or dynamic connection and if we cannot find it we walk away with an incomplete image.
Other times we feel that the missing element might somehow materialize, maybe as a cloud slowly evolving, or a bird flying into the picture frame. These times we frame carefully perhaps using a tripod, we get the exposure right and wait like a fisherman, finger in camera until the moment comes.
If we can get the element that makes the composition work then we feel very rewarded. This is one kind of pictures I always remember, perhaps because they are more “made” than “found.” I feel that I contributed more to the image through my vision and patience than by my technique.
Have you tried framing the photo first and then waiting for the magic too?