As I slowly make my way through the 500+ photographs I took on the Route 66 Road Trip, I am trying to keep an open mind (and open eye) when it comes to the potential in each raw photograph.
Today’s Photo of the Day, “Touch the Sky,” of the Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, is one of those photographs where, when shooting it, I didn’t feel comfortable with the position I had to take it from, I didn’t really like the end result (and shot it about ten times), and I was about to chalk it up to a loss. I don’t know what made me do a double take on this Saturday but, after spending some time with it in Photoshop, I really loved the end result. (and, oddly, aside from some light texure, some selective blurring and cropping for perspective, I didn’t do all that much with it) I ended up loving the end result; I thought it would be perfect for a nursery or a child’s playroom.
Isn’t it funny that we can take life lessons from photography? Let’s see… how about never count someone out because of the way they look. You never know what sort of potential they have, or have already reached, until you spend a little time with them. Or, how about, a situation may seem bleak and hopeless but, sit down, take the time to work out a plan and you may be pleasantly surprised in the end. I’m sure I could come up with several lessons from my time spent with what started out to be a pretty blah photograph that almost hit the chopping block.