"A good shooter quickly whittles down his choices&", Louis L'mour wrote in one of his epics.
How different is photography? Camera holster? View finder? Aim and shoot?
I had three parameters as I stood in that ancient, holy courtyard on the day.
Light, Angle, Frame.
The fourth - camera, my D60, was not yet bought. I was stuck with the TZ1.
Light was not changing with the quantum of time I had on my side. This was not one of the times I would say, "Camp until the magic hour"I had a train to catch.
Angle was limited. I stood where I stood. In my Bata floaters.
Frame was all I had to play with. The place swarmed with tourists. Upwards of 500 to my best estimate. I stood there, camera to my eye, sweat pouring down in the Hampi heat, waiting until I stole a moment in time like it seemed I had the site to myself.
I knew I could handle the rest in PS. That is one tool the gunmen in the W W West never had.
Ansel Adams once said, "A good photograph is knowing where to stand"
Pardon if I can add, "...and knowing what to wait for ..."