Trial and Error


“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Seneca

I’m frustrating myself this morning. Reviewing photos from the last two weekends and not seeing in the photo what I saw in the subject when I took the picture. Not to mention the limitations of the camera in low light and high ISO settings being very apparent; I don’t know why I insist on asking the camera to do things outside of it’s capabilities.

And I think that sums it up quite nicely, I’m focusing a little too intently on the negative which is a reflection of my mood this morning. It might be best if I set this to the side for the moment, take a deep breath and then come back to it with fresh eyes.

In the meantime, what are the lessons I’m learning from this experience?

I definitely need to let the photos “marinate” and then look at them with fresh eyes and no expectations. I’m asking the photo to be something it isn’t and then getting frustrated when it won’t be that thing (it can’t be that thing).

Practice. Composition is the next thing I need to focus on. Photographing with intent. Minimal reliance in editing software to “tart” up a mediocre photo.

Stick with the camera’s strengths. A reasonable amount of light and keep the ISO settings as low as possible. The good thing about the camera is I can open the aperture to it’s widest setting and still get good depth of field.

Ok, let’s try again.

Nikon D3400
1/250 sec
ISO 110



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