Doing outdoor photography seems like doing found art - one uses whatever is present in a way that brings out a truth, gives joy, or does both. I see what I see, form an idea of how to reshape it (in pixels), and then shoot until I come as close to what I envisioned as I can.
Light and shapes are the primary ingredients in my work. Of course, light produces colors as well as illuminates the shapes and textures of what I am seeing. More often than not, I find shapes and textures to be more important than the colors filling them. This perhaps suggests I should be presenting more of my photos in black and white.
Bad photos usually can be reworked into something different from the original idea - this is especially nice when I cannot easily return to the original target of my photo session. These often suggest abstract visions for me to play with.