Perfectly Imperfect

In photography we all strive to get the shot as perfect as possible and many times we do.  The colors are right, the composition is spot on, the clarity is ideal and so on.  But there are times (and whether we want to admit it or not sometimes many times) when we flub.  Out of focus, motion blur when we weren’t going for blur, too much noise, over exposed or under exposed… we’ve all got those war stories to tell.  But what if even though the image didn’t turn out the way we had originally planned it still is a nice image in it’s own imperfect way?

Such is the case here.  The lighting conditions were all over the place in the butterfly wonderland.  Some butterflies were in direct (and a bit harsh) light, others where in the shadows and some where in partial sun and shade.  Options were to adjust my settings for each area I was in and possibly risk missing a shot since butterflies tend to get a bit impatient or to set my camera to aperture priority only changing that setting based upon where and what I was shooting letting the camera do the rest of the thinking.

That worked for me the majority of the time but not always I’m afraid.  In this case I hadn’t changed my settings from the prior butterfly to accommodate this one (shame on me; I turned around and there it was so I just went for it) who was moving his wings fairly quickly.  The shutter speed was too slow for this Paper Kite butterfly resulting in my focal point being not where I wanted it and the image not being as sharp as I wanted it around his head.  Even when I do my best to hold perfectly still I never really am… wiggle happens.

I was disappointed that the image didn’t come out the way I wanted it to but I came to like it anyway because of the composition and colors; imperfections and all.  What’s your thoughts on this and which version do you like – monochrome or color?

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  1. #1 by Adrian Lewis on February 13, 2017 - 2:45 am

    Definitely prefer the black and white one, Terri, its very stylish! Adrian 🙂

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on February 13, 2017 - 11:41 am

      I suppose it does have a bit of flair about it. Thanks, Adrian.

  2. #3 by Amanda Lyle on February 13, 2017 - 5:43 am

    My eyes are steering more towards the monochrome! Great shots!

  3. #5 by Mark Myers on February 13, 2017 - 8:21 am

    I like the monochrome shot.

  4. #7 by Timothy Price on February 13, 2017 - 8:53 am

    B&W for this one.

  5. #9 by Piglove on February 13, 2017 - 9:24 am

    I like either one. They are both beautiful like YOU! XOXO – Bacon

  6. #11 by Ingrid on February 13, 2017 - 9:43 am

    I think the B&W works best on this one!

  7. #13 by Sue (Mac's Girl) on February 13, 2017 - 4:01 pm

    I like the b/w image best but both are great.

  8. #15 by mdhoffmannphoto on February 14, 2017 - 2:44 am

    I like the monochrome best. I like the composition! Not a dud at all.

  9. #17 by ChgoJohn on February 17, 2017 - 6:38 pm

    I thought I would prefer the color photo but I actually like the monochrome. Go figure! 🙂

  10. #18 by Melanie C. on March 27, 2017 - 7:18 pm

    Black & White definitely!!!! I have a similar photo!

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