It might not be your fault…

I am growing as a photographer. From where I was as a photographer only one year ago until now is incredible.  I compare my photos and the improvement is remarkable. I have spent hours learning, practicing, failing, and improving.

Yet, sometimes I still take photos that I hope are interesting, and no matter how hard I try in both composition in the camera and in editing, they just don’t look good in the end.

Why are some images not that interesting? I’m sure some of you have asked that question of yourself and been as frustrated as I am. I tend to blame myself when I take photos and they simply come out . . . well . . . blah.

Just yesterday, we had a significant amount of rainfall in the Metro Atlanta area.  I was driving to the grocery store and still in my neighborhood, when I passed a small creek that was fed as the overflow for a pond at Georgia National Golf Club.  The small creek was swollen with water.  I turned around, went back to my home, retrieved my camera gear, and returned to the creek. I spent about thirty minutes composing and shooting in various configurations.  My camera was set at ISO 100, AV mode at f/22 and f/14.  I had a polarizer and a 3 – 10 stop variable circular ND filter on my 18-55 mm Canon kit lens. I set up on a tripod and used an external shutter release. Here are some of the shots:

I have to admit that I was excited about shooting this little creek; I have been waiting to shoot for some time, but I never had the opportunity because I had to wait for another strong rainfall.

When I processed the photos, I was disappointed! I though composition and my camera technique were fine, but I was disappointed in the color.  I had to take big swings in Lightroom to get the color even remotely viewable.

It hit me on my morning walk today that sometimes less-than-perfect pictures happen – and it’s sometimes not my fault!  Sometimes the subject simply doesn’t present a good quality image. The reality is I took pictures of a mud-filled creek; so, I am going to have muddy pictures – no matter what I throw at in Lightroom or Photoshop.

What you have to do is continue to shoot.  You can’t get discouraged and give up.  Like the old saying says – “Luck favors the prepared.”  Keep shooting, amigos!


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