I imagine the image, conceptually designing it with visualized light and lines. Drawing from experience, I select a physical location and the photographic equipment and techniques needed to make the vision real.
I use high-resolution digital cameras or at times a specialized process called giga-pixel photography with tens to hundreds of photographs captured and combined into a large digital image containing millions of pixels. I might use specialized lenses or filters. Once the location is established and the conditions are right a series of digital files are made capturing important elements and diminishing the non-essential. In post- processing and printing I continue making subtle adjustments bringing the image to light and true to the vision. The result is not an “exact documentary photograph,” rather it is the product of a creative dialogue between the artist/photographer and subject. It becomes a finished image when it feels right, when it matches the vision and feels alive.