I was around 20 years old (3 years ago) and took acid in my bedroom. I was ready for the creativity to flow. First I watched Chronos (Ron Fricke), and then I was ready.
Having attached the camera (Canon F1) to the tripod, I was ready to make my marvelous compositions. I took one look through the viewfinder: >"ah, could use a little adjustment. There we go."
Then I check the light meter>"Okay, change the aperture to 2.7. Wait, how's the composition?"
I check the composition.>"Yes, beautiful. Now the exposure. What's my aperture at? Okay. What does the light meter say? Okay, change the shutter speed. How's the focus?"
I look in the viewfinder and adjust the focus, and composition one more time.>"Okay, I think that's good. God I feel like Van Gogh. Okay, what does the light meter say?"
This cycle repeats a few times for every shot, and each time I adjust the focus, aperture, or shutter speed the camera feels really greasy and like I'm a mad scientist mixing all sorts of chemicals and doing all sorts of wacky chemistry to get the basic composition and settings right. Pic related is what came out. I seriously felt like the next Van Gogh (which was a good thing at that moment).>>3452249
Is finding a subject and framing the subject well not a matter of technique? "Technique" and "subject" need to be balanced out, in my opinion. It's hard to do anything well with "technique" if your relationship to the subject is purely technical.