Sunflower (Three Photographs) and a Rant on Perfection

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I would stay clear of photography tutors that admonish that one should only shoot perfect flowers. They also tell you not to shoot straight down at the heart of the flower. Like most admonitions, they speak more about those who pronounce them than they do about anything else. Perfection is a lofty goal and in my experience usually unobtainable. Even in manicured gardens the bugs get there first. In this case a sweat bee, which had I seen earlier would have been the focus of my shot. You could spend considerable time in post processing repairing the vegetation. But that is an individual choice that may or may not have anything to do with the quality or impact of the photograph. Rather than be told to go find the box of sprocket holes (which newbie movie film crew members always fall for), look for the outstanding.

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Sunfloer-2

20 responses

  1. I am vindicated 😉

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    September 3, 2016 at 1:44 am

    • Earlier you asked if you might repost one of my posts. I notice you have done it again. I appreciate being asked.

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      September 3, 2016 at 6:53 am

      • next time I’ll just use the link – but I actually repressed it so just have the first image – btw I was thinking about what you were saying while I was in the Botanic Garden’s yesterday as I took some photos of the overblown Tulips

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        September 6, 2016 at 5:43 am

  2. Lovely thoughts and shots.

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    September 3, 2016 at 5:56 am

  3. Sound thoughts

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    September 3, 2016 at 7:25 am

  4. And excellent photographs, of course 🙂

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    September 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

  5. I agree totally. I take photos to see specific things, not to be sold in a gallery.
    Love the back of the sunflower shot. That’s what I’m talking about 😉

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    September 3, 2016 at 9:35 am

  6. Most of us aren’t photographing for textbook manuals, but for the joy of expressing what we see in our own way. Thank goodness! 🙂

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    September 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm

  7. I agree with you entirely! Nature is not perfect anyway.

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    September 3, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  8. Great points, Victor. I’ll take natural any day. Great shots to illustrate.

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    September 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  9. That last one is amazing Victor. Love it!

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    September 5, 2016 at 11:13 am

  10. There is always perfection in the imperfections don’t you think?? Great post and photos

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    September 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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