Saturday, November 04, 2006
What If An Image Doesn't Follow The Rules
I've been looking at this image from my recent trip to Hornby Island since returning. I love the sweeping curve of the central 'island' of rock but have been bothered by the asymmetry of the logs on the left but not right, the bright puddle on the right but not left and the general clutter at the top of the image.
Attempts to crop out the clutter left the raised part of the central rock cut off and very unsatisfactory. I played with the image again this morning because of my likes and have finally decided that despite not following compositional rules, I can live with the top of the image and that overall it works.
1) am I deluding myself into accepting something less than ideal?
2) if the individual parts don't follow the rules does it automatically follow that the whole image won't work?
3) If I like an image even when it is less than perfect, do I damage my reputation, do I weaken my other images but showing this one?
Clearly by showing this to you, I don't in fact know the answers to these questions, but I think it is important to at least be aware of the issues. Perhaps next week I will be so disgusted with the flaws in this image I will deeply regret showing it, but hey, whose web blog is this anyway?