Raising the Bar and Failing to Clear It

On the first evening of the Ojai Storytelling Festival, I made a couple of good images, and they more or less ruined the rest of the festival for me, photographically speaking.

A member of a cappella group Street Corner Renaissance performing at the 2013 Village of Tales.

A member of a cappella quintet Street Corner Renaissance performing at the 2013 Village of Tales.

Singer, songwriter, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon.

Singer, songwriter, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon.

Those of you familiar with my past festival work can see the problem: terrific lighting, timing, and gesture, right? I’m there to document the event, but these pictures approach the quality of real photographs. When I finished processing these, the other couple of hundred images from Thursday evening went straight to the delete file, even though in the past I probably would have used five or ten of them.  

I shot about 1500 frames throughout the festival, but failed to produce images as compelling (to me) as the two above. Sure, I got some good pictures to document who performed at the 2013 festival, but I set a higher standard for myself, and I failed to meet it. There’s an important lesson here, but I confess that I haven’t figured it out yet…

Cindy Kalmenson

Cindy Kalmenson

Motoko

Motoko

Carmen Deedy

Carmen Deedy

Diane Ferlatte

Diane Ferlatte

Donald Davis

Donald Davis

Antonio Sacre, guest performer for Naughty Tales.

Antonio Sacre, guest performer for Naughty Tales.

Bil Lepp, wrasslin' an Ojai mountain lion.

Bil Lepp, wrasslin’ an Ojai mountain lion.

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One response to “Raising the Bar and Failing to Clear It

  1. Mike Kichaven

    Lesson: Keep Shooting!

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