It happens to every photographer–a shot that is almost perfect, except….
I’m a perfectionist, and I can get hung up on those exceptions. When I started taking photos there were a lot of images that I deemed unusable. Along the way, I picked up some useful tricks, and now, if I don’t like an image, it’s usually because the composition is off. Another thing I can get hung up on. The two photos in this post are an example of what I’m talking about.
The first one is almost perfect, except (there’s that word again!)…
Do you see it? Right in the foreground, there’s a leaf that’s blurry. Grrrr!! I like the rest of the shot but…what can I do about that leaf? What has been seen can’t be unseen; when I look at this shot, my eyes go straight to that leaf.
In the second shot, I applied a focal softening filter, then repeated it. It makes more of the background blurry so I don’t immediately see the flaw. It’s still there….I just camouflaged it, ending up with a shot I like, 100%.
Moral of the story: don’t be so quick to discard those less-than-ideal images; as you grow more comfortable with and confident in your editing skills, you’ll find yourself returning to them again, seeing them with new eyes.