So this would be the guy’s world of oblivion, Day 12. But… This is really not oblivion, and it’s not really day 12 either, since I shot these already last month, but most of all: these just deserve a better name than a generic Day + number. Tomorrow will be Day 13 again, but first:
Word goes around in photography land that maybe one out of every thousand images is a great image.
There might be some truth in that, although among of every thousand images, I’m quite sure that there are a whole lot of good ones, at least I think that’d be the case with me. Now… that may sound very pompous, and oh yeah, I have sessions where everything just goes down the drain and I have to spend more time than I want trying to salvage things in Photoshop, but one thing I’ve learned down the line is that you can’t make a good picture out of a mediocre picture, no matter how good you are with Photoshop.
Earlier this year I did a few blog posts with pictures of our godson, and especially this one was one of those images that turned out (I think) really beautifully. Mommy came over with our godson when her husband was stuck somewhere in southern Europe right around the time the volcano in Iceland had erupted. It was one of those moments where I caught him just sitting there, or actually, not just sitting there, but trying to get rid of his diaper 😀 But anyway… I quickly did a couple of tweaks to the RAW file in PS, converted it to black and white, and gave mommy the prints home. She was all happy, and of course I was, too, that she was, and it’s now framed and hanging in their place, I’m proud to say 🙂
Now… mommy has a whole lot of mommy-friends and they all liked this picture so much that mommy arranged a mommies-day with me hanging around. I was dreading the day. I haven’t been around that many kids in that age group at the same time probably since I was that age, but it was a great experience. A very tiring one, too (respect to all the mommies for doing this on a daily basis!!).
I’m not the type of photographer who puts angels’ wings on a baby, or a little tiara on the head or tries to get a kid to laugh at the camera, which they seldom do at the right moment. I’m more for just letting the kids do their thing and catch them when they are happy doing what they are doing, and are naturally happy. It takes a lot more effort, a lot more time, and a lot more energy, and the outcome isn’t always 100% guaranteed, but the result is so much more rewarding when you do get the right shot.
And that leads me back to the line I started with.
“Remember it, and remember it well”, our teacher in RMSP said, “the good photographers know when NOT to take a shot.” Not saying I’m such a good photographer, but I NOT shot a lot of pictures that day 😀 I also DID shoot a good number of pictures; nowhere close to a thousand, which according to the line I started with pretty much downed my score of good images. But no… I did get a few really nice shots…
Of course our godson, but that’s not so difficult, because he just IS the cutest ever (I might be a tad bit biased 😉 )
But he wasn’t the only cute kid on the block this day…
But what I didn’t realize, not until I got home and started processing the pictures, was that I really did get my 1 in 1000. I got about 10% good pictures out of the day’s session, which is a very good result, I think. But this was the best of the day, my 1 in 1000…
Thanks to mommy for organizing this day with all the mommy-friends. And thanks to the mommy-friends for bringing the kids! It was awesome!