Imperfection can be a learning experience, a light moment, funny, or sometimes frustrating.
Do you want to know why I love digital photography? I can go out, take hundreds of pictures, and I can view them within minutes of getting home. I can walk through the door, make a pot of tea, fire up the laptop, insert a memory card, and there they are.
Every picture taken, on my laptop screen. The good ones, the ones needing a bit of a photoshop tweak. Also the rubbish ones, the out of focus.
Sometimes, often with more luck than judgement or skill, I manage to capture a small number of perfect, crisp, shots. The energy and vitality of a moment frozen in a single image.
Other times I look at the small screen on the camera and I think I have something that will look great. Then I get it onto a bigger screen and realise the main subject is just a bit out of focus.
Here the shapes and shadows of the sand and water were lovely. The standing gull and reflection giving balance and interest. With the right crop, that could have been a great image.
But the bird is out of focus.
Can you see that? The gull is fuzzy. The face isn’t sharp or defined. Not perfectly focused. Imperfection.
But I’ll be back at the beach again in a day or so, and I’ll be trying again. These gulls were settling just before sunset, so I’ll wait for an evening before I try for this shot again.