Two days ago WordPress notified me that I had just reached my 100th post. So I guess that’s a good time to look back. This post presents nine photos that for some reason didn’t make it. They aren’t failed pictures or anything, just (slightly) different versions of the same reality. They only exist on my laptop and in my mind, until now. I know very well you’re not supposed to do this: you choose your photo and stick to it. But picking the right photo is time and time again a real ordeal for me. Evidently choosing is losing and all those kind of clichés. Partly because of that I don’t tend to take a lot of pictures of the same subject. I see something, try to frame it and move on. For me, if it doesn’t work right away it won’t work after ten or twenty more pictures. I try not to fall for the illusion that the photos after the first two or three will be that much better. All that provides for is another full hard drive, a cluttered Lightroom library and more time spent picking the right photo, which in the end will be one of the first ones anyway. The same goes for post-editing. By getting the frame and lighting right the first time I try to keep that other ordeal to a minimum too. Pre-editing is the key. I love taking photos but I don’t as much enjoy processing them. That’s why this blog is a good way to keep that processing going on a more regular basis. But choosing will always be difficult, so here are nine losers that I’m giving a second chance:
Speaking of green grass: a few days ago I was reading & watching The Story Behind the World’s Most Viewed Photo, the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ Wallpaper. And I was really surprised to find out that the photo was taken in Napa Valley. I know this will sound weird, but when we were driving through those green fields around sunset on our road trip I somehow had a feeling about this being a perfect place to take a typical computer wallpaper landscape photo. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a rush to get to our next destination and we only stopped once so I didn’t get to take the kind of photo I had in mind. Which is fine, I came home with this windmilled sunset roadscape instead.
What Charles O’Rear, the photographer of the XP photo, says about the right moment to shoot your landscape is of course so true. Le moment décisif, anyone? Rapidly moving clouds will make a world of difference. Just compare these two photos I took somewhere in Oregon last summer, just a few seconds apart.