Imperfect and Moody

Imperfect and Moody, ROT Rally - Austin, Texas

Imperfect and Moody, ROT Rally – Austin, Texas

This is a far from perfect photo. With iffy panning and uneven motion blur, it’s the kind the image I usually delete when I pick my keepers after an event. But the image grew on me. Not only did I not delete it, it got elevated as a blog pick.

As I continue to explore photography, I vacillate between trying to achieve perfection and shooting more from the heart. The objective of course is to create a compelling photograph. Perfection can be boring but extreme imperfection can merely be caused by sloppy technique. So how to you strike the balance?

This photo results from a combination of factors. I had a desire to create something similar but my imperfect execution resulted in a clumsy implementation. But not so much that it’s a total mess. If I were dishonest, I could boast that I was purposely going for this look. Not so. But, I’ll always take a happy accident.


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2 thoughts on “Imperfect and Moody

  1. It’s a great shot. I used to delete a lot of technically imperfect photos. I stopped doing that after reading Danny Clinch’s book. The important stuff isn’t captured by sharpness, focus, or color. If the image doesn’t have soul, none of that technical stuff matters.

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