Oops… or not?
I have a blog half-written about our incredible visitors this week which is just begging to be posted, but I really needed to share this quick one first.
You know how I have been giving you a peek at some of the water-skiing action here which has been taking place on the river running beside our house (full again after almost three decades dry, thanks to last January’s floods)? Well our visitor’s seven-year-old man (known as Master Sporty as his mother’s blog) had his first crack at the sport. And did amazingly well… of course, neither parent is UNathletic so he had a headstart. He was a PICTURE of CONCENTRATION.
And I took many pics of his efforts, including…
… a mistake!
The ladder at the back of the boat was accidentally left down and sent spray up – and my autofocus got all confused about where it should aim… I initially got a bit cranky with it, threatening to turn it onto MANUAL if it didn’t behave. (Frightening talk, I know). But I have to say, once I downloaded and looked at the shot on the computer, I kinda fell in love with it.
I’d never have thought to take a shot like this deliberately, but the frozen water ‘sculpture’ and drops and even the bokeh on the little skiier and the further-away water droplets is kinda groovy.
And if I think about it, that kind of whoops-but-oh-look thing happens often. I make mistakes ALL THE TIME. Some teach me what I SHOULDN’t do, and some teach me to RELAX and think outside the square. So I guess really very few of them are wasted shots.
I guess, in essense, the morals of this (very brief) story are:
1. Don’t be give up if the conditions aren’t completely ideal or controlled.
2. Don’t delete before you inspect thoroughly.
3. Don’t be scared to show off your ‘mistakes’.
And this advice can also refer to your photographic efforts.