Some people have a great eye for photography. Through years of practice, they develop an instinct or reflex that recognizes when an awesome photographic moment presents itself. It could be the lighting, composition, colors, people, their facial expressions, and a host of other qualities in a scene that will make a good photographer take notice. And long before you can explain what it is that he sees, he already has his camera out and has taken a few snap shots.
Now the question is, can you develop a similar "eye for innovation"? I believe the answer is yes.