Saturday, June 7, 2008
Out of focus coffee beans, on out of focus brocade.
I knew it wold happen some time. I knew this one-shot thing was going to be a challenge. I knew someday I wouldn't just take the mediocre photos I've been taking all week; I'd take something unsalvagebly terrible. And this is it.
This was meant to be a shot of coffee beans falling from my hand onto puddled brocade. It was lovely in my mind - pale cream skin, rich brown coffee beans, against a royal blue and silver-gold brocade. Since I couldn't look through the viewfinder, I knew my aim might be a little off, and I might have to work around a partial shot of coffee beans on brocade. I didn't realise that my camera mightn't focus on anything at all, leaving me with only a blurry nothing to post.
I've cropped it so you only see the badly focused coffee beans, rather than the expanse of even worse brocade around it. I then spent a long time in photoshop trying to salvage what I could... which wasn't much. And I've carefully exported a very small version, to concentrate the few pixels I have and make the most of the viewing distance. Still... arrrgh!
It was so tempting not to post this - I do have my pride, after all. But in the end, pride made me go ahead. I made the rules, and I'll live with them - I said I'd take one shot only, so that's what I've done.
But I really, really hope I improve fast - this is so annoying!
What do you lot think, oh long-suffering readers? Would you rather watch the process of learning to reliably take good pictures, or would you prefer I put us all out of our misery and went back to the way things were previously? Me, I still think the learning curve is worth it... but I'm not the one having to look at the results.