So when is everything right in the viewfinder? That's a very difficult question to answer. It could be balance, colors, movement, placement of the subject, light, the subject's eyes, the timing, the lens used, the props, but mainly I think it really depends on the vision of the person behind the camera. How they view the world and their subjects in the world can make a world of difference in the kinds of photographs they produce.
Some approach photography with a spray and pray approach--they use their DSLRs like a machine gun hoping to capture a beautiful moment in one of the hundreds of shots taken. Others take a more thoughtful and quiet approach and they wait for the moment to happen. I think I stand somewhere in between those two approaches, though I will admit I lean more towards the sit and wait approach. That may be because I began in the days of film, but perhaps it's also my personality. I often have a photograph in mind, but often time something better presents itself. I don't know how I know it's better than what I had in mind, but I think something instinctual, something about the way I see things through the viewfinder causes me to push down the shutter button. Whether its the balance, the composition, the right light, the right placement of everything--I don't know--but I just know. I guess this is what people refer to as the photographer's "eye".
One of my favorite photographers has something to say about this topic and I think it's very fitting:
"Photography is a response to the world, not a reflection of it. It is an attempt to bring order out of chaos, understanding out of confusion, wisdom out of ignorance and lastly, beauty out of despair. It is my attempt to help us all find the right place at the right time so we can, once again, as a culture move forward in harmony." --- Rodney Smith
You just know when everything falls into place--it's not something that can be explicitly taught. In many ways it is something you have to learn through experience and something that has to come from within--a response to the world. Sure the fundamentals are important, the rule of thirds, balance, contrast, color theory etc. but skills gained through head knowledge take a vastly different approach than skills gained through experience and filtered through human heart.
Till my next rambling, review, or post, this is, hey, hey,