Control what you can
Posted on 15 Aug ’11 by Earl Moore
When presented with a photographic opportunity which has potential but also very defined limitations what do you do? Do you make the best of it, control what you can, taking the best shot within the limitations imposed upon you, or do you decide it can never fully achieved it’s potential and therefore pass on taking the shot at all?
I know there’s always some limitations but for this example I’m talking the more “extreme” cases.
An example from my archives earlier this year. This photo of a beach pier in beautiful early morning sunlight I nearly pasted upon making. In the composition the pier is up against the far right edge of the frame because I was leaning out over a third floor railing as far as I safely could and even with that effort just off frame on the right was the end of the building I was shooting from. This wasn’t the shot my imagination would of liked to have made but it was the shot I could make under the circumstances.
While this image perhaps works on some level it still bothers me the pier is “so far” to the right and I sit here wondering, “Is a “greatly imperfect” shot better then no shot at all?” I’ve spent a lot of time looking at this image…it’s the perceived imperfection that keep drawing me back making me question my own perceptions.
Update: Reading a couple of the early comments it probably seems I’m struggling trying for perfection. Far from it, I’m not even sure I believe in perfection. Here I’m talking about those shots that are “borderline” where you have to mentally make a decision to shoot or not to shoot.