What did he mean by that? I think he meant the photograph doesn't start or end at the click of the shutter. It starts when the photographer decides he is going to take a photograph. It could be planned weeks ahead. It could happen just as the photographer decides to press the shutter. Then the click. It doesn't end until the final print is made. I read somewhere Mr Adams might have worked on a photograph for years in the darkroom before he was happy with the final print.
What does this mean to me? I am learning as I go and the quote above is something I think about often. I think about it with the photographs I take and more and more with photographs I used to take. This photo is from a few years ago on a trip home from the Okanagan. I was alone in the car, had the camera on the front seat beside me and was thinking pictures. I took it, I liked it, thought it was ok then put it away. Tonight I opened it up and wondered what I could do to bring it to life a bit. So I spent a little time with it on the computer and came up with this.