No shot left behind
A splash of color, a glimmer of light, the shape of an object or the shadow it casts…these are just some of the characteristics that attract a photographer’s eye, generating a tiny thrill of excitement about the photographic possibilities for this subject at this moment and place in time.
I’ll admit it—as an aspiring photographer, I haven’t always been as attentive to these cues as I should be and, in the busy-ness of my everyday life, I’m sometimes guilty of ignoring inspiration, thinking I will have another opportunity at some other, more convenient time, to capture whatever image has attracted my attention. As a result, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home after a photo outing thinking “I sure wish I had taken that shot…”.
As if that’s not bad enough, I am sometimes overly critical of my images. Too often the anticipation I feel as I’m about to download images turns to disappointment when I see the actual photographs compared to what I was trying to get. Slowly, too slowly for my taste, I’m overcoming some of the technical challenges of the exposure triangle so that most of my images are better in that regard, but I still struggle with creative exposure and composition and noticing (and then managing) distractions around my photographic subjects.
The two images above represent minor victories in both these areas (SOOC on the left, edited version on the right). I was returning with my daughter from a photo outing last Sunday—we were chatting and in a bit of a hurry because we wanted to get to a new-to-us store before it closed. We rounded a corner and saw this amazing building. I had to stop! Of the several images I took, including one that didn’t have the light pole in it, this one showed the angles of the front of the building to the best advantage. When I reviewed the images on the computer, I was tempted to delete all of them, but I finally decided that this image was worth a little extra effort. It took a while, including a couple of false starts, but I was finally able to clone the light pole out of the image and now, I have an image that comes pretty close to what I had in mind when I took the photograph.
Bottom line, I am learning to respect my muse and to use my editing tools, when necessary, to improve my images.This post is my response to the first assignment in Kat Sloma’s Journey of Inspiration course, part of her Find Your Eye series.