This is what happens if you paint photo realism or you are too dependent on photos - you're probably sunk becuase you are waiting for ideas to happen.
Ideas don't happen - artists, scientists, engineers, poets, musicians MAKE IDEAS HAPPEN.
We don't have time to wait.
The ugly truth, no matter how long you wait, you will never get your perceived "perfect photo"
the weather will be crap, the light will be wrong - whatever! This is really just another form of procrastination.
There's 2 solutions:
- stop and paint or sketch anyway
- take the crappy photos when you are there - from 50 angles - what we really need is resources and reference shapes.
Set your camera to hi-res so you can zoom in and out.