Sep 252010

I’m trying to get back in the saddle when it comes to my photography. I took my camera out with me while running errands one morning last week and ended up with 2 or 3 shots worth posting.

This shot was the one I was most looking forward to working on when I got home. I saw this woman as I was driving into the parking lot and picked my parking spot specifically for this angle. I thought it was so cool that I was going to get a shot of a woman sketching the pumpkin display. I even thought I’d do a little Photoshop work and make everything around her look like a sketch while leaving her as a photo.

When I got home, I pulled my stuff into Lightroom and starting going through the shots of this woman I had taken until I found my pick. I started into my normal workflow and eventually made my way to the sharpening step. I zoomed to 100% and was about to start playing around with the sliders when I noticed something about what I had assumed was her sketchpad. It wasn’t a sketchpad at all. It was an iPad in a case! My illusion was shattered. Everything I had loved about this photo from a conceptual standpoint was lost for me. I suppose it’s still a decent street photo shot, but my particular motivation for taking the shot was based on a bad assumption and now this photo doesn’t have a story for me.

Well, that’s not entirely true. It does have a story now; one about not making assumptions. However, it’s just not the story I had wanted to tell, you know?