Brooks Jensen Arts

Every Picture Is a Compromise

Lessons from the Also-rans

Most photography websites show the photographer's very best work. Wonderful. But that's not the full story of a creative life. If we want to learn, we'd better pay attention to the images that aren't "greatest hits" and see what lessons they have to offer. Every picture is a compromise — the sum of its parts, optical, technical, visual, emotional, and even cosmic – well, maybe not cosmic, but sometimes spiritual. Success on all fronts is rare. It's ok to learn from those that are not our best.

This is a series about my also-rans, some of which I've been able to improve at bit (i.e., "best effort"), none of which I would consider my best. With each there are lessons worth sharing, so I will.

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What I saw that I liked:

Stonehenge was made for a fish-eye lens.

What I don't like in the picture:

The challenge with a fish-eye lens is to be sure it doesn't get you in the picture. Even gripping the camera included my stubby fingers, let alone most of me like the one above.

What I learned:

Timers and cable releases are your friend.

2nd Chances: What I might try next

I have no idea if this was an afternoon of silly fun or a serious project.