When to Pull the Trigger

Most of you know that a day out shooting constantly changes, and in action photography you can’t always adjust for these changes. So you just got to go for the moment and hope for the best. This shot was taken a few month’s back as I was shooting one afternoon. I was shooting in the afternoon sun when I heard the geese stirring a bit. I turned toward the commotion and saw these two had taken flight in the shadows over the lake. I knew from experience that they were going to be dark, but this was a near black  out on my exposure. So I really didn’t expect anything except to dump the photo’s once I got-em on the computer. Here is the result of the blown shot, and some editing with Camera Raw and Photoshop with my Topaz Plug-ins. I know a lot of people say its not photography if you do any harsh adjustments to the shot, well I let you be the judge. I always edit my photo’s in some form or fashion. Yes sometimes I mess it up, just another way of learning good editing techniques through criticism. Constructive of course. I know we all want to here everyone’s praises, but don’t be afraid to listen to the criticism, its a teaching tool. In the end the only one who has to be satisfied with the shot is you, it doesn’t matter what anyone else think’s. If I would have let that bother me I never would have become a photographer. Still yet I have an enormous amount of learning to do, but I never quit trying, and I always listen, not afraid to throw my opinion out there either. I mean I took the shot, sometimes its purposely taken the way it was taken sometimes its a goof, and sometimes its a great goof. I’ll take-em, why cause its another learning experience.


4 thoughts on “When to Pull the Trigger

  1. It sure turned out beautifully. I learned my less a few years ago when I was walking on a trail in a state park near my home one late afternoon when I spotted an osprey in a tree. I positioned myself so the moon was directly behind him and, instead of taking a shot, I attached my camera to my tripod. While I was doing that, the bird flew away.

  2. When is a photograph not a photograph? I do not have a philosopher handy. A few of my best shots were made when I did not have time to look into the viewfinder, but just “shot from the hip” like John Wayne! I theorize a photograph is not a photograph when it is made with something that does not require batteries to produce, or alchemy to develop an image. For my blog I resize pictures smaller so people will not want to steal them (What an ego! A few have been stolen.). Also I will not reach my photo album free storage limit! (Cheap too!) I move to another argument over which sounds better–vinyl records played on a phonograph by a needle or a CD on a CD player. My ears tell me the phonograph is better We hear the analog music recorded between the digital bytes. I think the same can be said for digital photography. In mechanical film cameras, we see the subtle beauty of the light captured between the digital bytes My color slides from the 1970’s have a different look and feel to them. What if we could take an analog photograph where all the light was recorded between the digital camera bites? What would we see? (I might need that philosopher again.) What would Ansel Adams do to his photos if he took them digitally today? Would they be as good, or better? I wonder. . . .

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