A critical piece in the process of making an image. I once had the opportunity to take a photo workshop lead by renowned photographer David H. Wells. Frequently, as I would line up a shot, I would feel his hand on the middle of my back...pushing me forward. His mantra was (and has become mine) "Get closer." What he was trying to do was to get me to refine my composition by removing unwanted and unneeded information from the composition. By getting closer, i.e. refining again and again, the image grows stronger. Frequently, I will have an architect or designer show me a view and want me to shoot it. What they are asking me to do is interpret the view and create an image.
From my perspective of the shot and the information they give me, I can continuously refine or tweak the composition before shooting. The image below is a perfect example. Part of a 2015 MNLA (Minnesota Landscape Association) winning project entry, this image features the different stone and marble composites used as well as the geometry of the project. If I had backed up to shoot a larger view, the impact and focus of the image would have been weakened.