I have always been a hoarder. I can’t bear to throw anything away, convinced that the moment I throw something away will be the moment that I desperately need it. This applies to my photography as well. I can’t bear to delete images. Disk space is cheap and Lightroom provides such great cataloguing and searching functionality that there seems no reason to throw away pictures. I often find you need time to judge a photograph. Some can be instantly exciting but lose their appeal after a while. Others take time to grow. The above photograph is one such picture. When I took it I was excited by the strong shadows on the rocks and the bright sunlight on the water. I thought it offered a dramatic contrast and I aimed for a mysterious composition but when I came to post processing the image I wasn’t pleased with the result. I didn’t feel I had captured the feeling I was looking for. However I revisited the picture recently and realised that the image I wanted was there, it just needed a different treatment in post processing. I am currently going through a black and white phase and I realised that this image would suit such processing perfectly. A square crop (also another current phase) completed things.
Why It Pays To Be A Hoarder
- January 27, 2013