Have you ever seen a man wearing ten precious designer watches on each arm? Or did you ever have the chance to admire a women's ear with all of her most sparkling and beautiful earrings on display? Or did you ever watch a movie with seven different endings and 13 main characters? Most likely not.
Besides the impracticability of wearing 20 watches, beauty only exists in isolation. It is impossible to appreciate the beauty of a single piece of jewelry in a treasure chamber or an interesting movie plot amongst all possible parallel universes. This blog post is of course not about watches, earrings or movies, but about photography.
Before photographing a scene, decide what you want to capture. For a wildlife or wildflower photographer, the gist is obvious, but subjects worth recording on a memory card may also be a particular quality of light, a color, a structure or pattern. In either case, your goal as a photographer should be to emphasize and isolate the core of your photograph. Choose what you want to photograph, isolate the main subject and emphasize the essence of your capture by arranging the elements of your composition. You have to choose and to be choosy!