Actually, it’s the tale of two images of the same seagull. Specifically, frames 5499 and 5500, taken on my recent early morning foray to Bolsa Chica wetlands.
I find these two shots, taken within a fraction of a second, very thought provoking, because they tell me a thing or two about how to edit my images.
Both images have charms of their own, but as my friend Mike Kichaven sometimes reminds me, you can judge a photographer by the size of his reject pile. As I pay more attention to details of composition and technical quality, my reject pile grows, and the remaining images make me look like a good photographer.
Here’s another example:
Before I started this blog, I tended to dump tons of photos onto my pbase site, with very little discretion. When I asked friends what they thought of the pictures, they’d mention how onerous it was to look through 50 or 80 or 100 images. Imagine that. Since I only post a handful of images here, the very act of writing this journal is helping me become a better photographer, because I have to think hard and choose my best images. As William Faulkner noted, we must “kill our darlings” to get to our best work. Looks like my “delete” button will be getting more of a workout in the future.