You can’t always get what you want

I reached a plateau with my photography. More like running into a wall.

In the past two months, I put some of my photos out there — for sale and contests. From the feedback and spending more time analyzing my photos, it occurred to me that not all of them have that WOW! factor. A small percentage, really.

I found myself shutting down. I was no longer content to take shots that might not meet that standard.

Today, I disabused myself of that notion. I realized that the joy of photography is sharing  the subtle — and sometimes stunning — beauty of nature, rural landscapes and the visual details that we often overlook.

And that’s all about trial and error. Process.

Here’s today’s shot. It’s no masterpiece. But there was something about this scene that made me back my car up on a hilly country road, stop and capture it. I like two things about this photo — the tranquility it conveys and the ripples in the cow’s reflection.




2 thoughts on “You can’t always get what you want

  1. You also have to recognize that there is no accounting for personal taste. Some of your photos have broad appeal while some may speak to only a few people. That’s why learning how to improve the technical quality of your photos has served you so well. Shoot what you like, with the best composition, lighting, perspective you can. Then put it out there for the one person who’s going to love it.


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