FIGURE 3-1 I visualized this image, which I call Aspen Panorama, then went searching for a place where I could make a photograph to match my vision. I found the right spot near the South Mt. Elbert trailhead, San Isabel National Forest, Colorado.

3 Visualization

Truly great photographs often begin with visualization: imagining the best possible image a landscape could offer. Actualizing that image requires going out in search of the subject—and then going back again and again until you capture the light and atmospherics that match your vision. Here’s an example:

I’ve always been fascinated by the wind-sculpted bones of timberline trees, particularly ...

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