Retinette San Francisco Dawn III

Retinette San Francisco Dawn III

Can you live with it?

We live in a sea of photography. Every day a wave of tsunami proportions of new images washes over us. Every image creator competes fiercely for a few precious seconds of your eyeball time. Every new technique is done to death. To be heard you must shout!

I was reading a post by an Austin commercial photographer named Kirk Tuck. He has a good blog about photography in general and the post is here:

http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2012/03/does-photography-matter-anymore-or-has.html

Basically, I think he is right. I think we are all sorely tempted to jazz up the “KERPOW!!” factor on our images.

But could we live with them?

One thing I find I have always striven for is “livable” images. If I were suddenly wealthy one of the first things I would do is have the best of my work printed mural size and fastened to my walls. I strive to make images that I could live with.

The above image is one of my recent favourites from a trip to San Francisco. I thought it was very liveable but it seems I was distracted by the lovely colours and tones. They had blinded me to the flawed composition. A few minutes at full screen were enough to tell me that. I had to fix it before linking to it here.

It takes an awful lot to make a good photograph and very little to ruin it. Maybe it is time to look at your own photographs again. Are you making photographs you could live with?

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Senior Convocation Night Qatar Foundation

Senior Convocation Night Qatar Foundation

It doesn’t have to make sense.

Trust your senses. If you seem to see something but you don’t know what it is take the shot. That is how this shot came about.

I can’t explain why this shot works. But it does.

Trust your eye.