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“Compose and wait.”

I’ve taken two classes with Sam Abell, and he stressed that concept both times. (He practices it, too – look at his work and you can tell!)

I am not a patient person so composing and waiting doesn’t naturally occur. But look what happens when I actually c-&-w! An art lover – though she appears to be a little skeptical about this particular piece – steps right into my composition, just where I needed her to be.

Thanks, art lover!

The Cliffhouse Project
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 9.9.2017

If I ever needed you

I think this person probably sensed I was back there, taking pictures. It seemed like I was there for about an hour, waiting on just the right pose. I’m not saying this is the right pose; all I’d admit to is that it is a pose…

Union Station
Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.18.2017

Platform. Passengers. Pigeons.


I can’t say that I was ready for this array of pigeons and people. But I had composed my shot and was ready for something to happen.

And it did.

Union Station
Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.18.2017

Plan view (or: compose, and wait)


So, I took that class with Sam Abell and he talked a lot (a WHOLE lot!) about “compose and wait.” I am not by nature a very patient person* so that concept is very difficult for me to do.

But Sam said it, and I paid money to hear it, so it seemed right to try.

And look what happened! Those three people walked right into the shot I’d composed!

Pike Place Market
Seattle, Washington
photographed 4.20.2015

*I actually typed that I was not a “pleasant person” which I hope was more indicative of my typing skills that any sort of deep personal revelation…

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