Above is my favorite picture of my boyfriend and his favorite “son”. This was taken back when we first got together, and from the first time I went to Prospect Park during the off-leash hours (AKA “doggy heaven”). It’s been the wallpaper (lock screen) for my iPhone all this time, and reminds me of something you’d see on an indie music album cover. I rather like it. A lot. I can’t tell if it’s due to composition, which I feel I need to work on a lot more in photography, or sentimental value.
Another one of the toughest things about art is EDITING.
I have little confidence in editing and composition. I’m the type of person who buys the same shirt in five colors, because that trivial decision of picking which SINGLE one is best is virtually impossible to me. And it really bugs me that I’m like that, but I yam what I yam…as Popeye would say. Things are improving, but very gradually.
Composition and editing go hand in hand…to compose a scene, you edit out the bad parts…the ugly parts….the things that would distract the viewer’s eye from what you want them to focus on. Because I’m in post production, I get to use some fancy computer tricks to force your eye…but in Photography, I really try to stay away from that. It’s a legit thing to do, and something that Photographers have been doing since 100 years ago in the dark room (before Photoshop)….but the masters can capture a perfectly composed shot in-camera. Hopefully I can do that more consistently one day. At most, I try to limit myself to simple white balance corrections and cropping, on the computer.
If I was better at editing, or had more confidence in it, then I could easily select one of my past photos that is striking and well-composed. But alas… :(
Runners up: a couple other photos I have from living through Hurricane Sandy and the resulting blackout, which I really like but never got much love from anyone else: