Now that I’ve redesigned my website I’ve started to go back through my (digital) photo catalogue to create some new galleries. The image to the right is one of my 300D shots from 2004 (iso 400, f11, 1/320s). This is an image I keep returning to time and again. Each time I try a little change here and a little change there. I try editing in Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop. I try colour and black and white and, in this version, a blue & sepia split tone.
I think on any objective assessment I’m wasting my time with this image. Let’s face it, it’s not that good. It has some interesting features, such as the groyne leading out to sea, a pretty much full moon and the groyne and moon sort of balancing each other in the frame. But, in reality, there’s too much lost space in the middle, the moon is too far into the corner, the beach & sea too close to the bottom, the foreground is too dark (pushed in this version creating artefacts), the focus isn’t sharp and the overall image is flat and grainy. Oh, and I don’t even know where it was taken. It’s somewhere on England’s east coast, probably between Scarborough and Skegness.
So why do I keep going back to it, when in reality I know I’m not going to be able to turn it into a picture I’m proud of. I think it’s because, despite all it’s short comings, I do have an emotional attachment to it. In this case it has nothing to do with the trip I was on or the circumstances at the time. No, in this case it is because it was the first opportunity I had with my first digital SLR to take more than a snap. I saw the moon, saw the lead ins, tried to compose for the scene’s obvious potential and took a few shots. Could it have been done better? Yes, absolutely, although I suspect this was as good as it got for me at the time. And that’s just it, regardless of where I feel my photography is now, I’m proud of this image, warts and all, and I’m sure I’ll keep going back to it!