Still, when I first download my own images, I hammer myself for all of the mistakes that I made or the better ideas that I probably overlooked. The photo here is just a snapshot. I was waiting for a freighter to leave the harbor and this couple walked into the frame so I shot a quick dozen photos of them. I liked the shot as I was taking it, but I knew it was just a snapshot. Still, I took the time to analyze the photo when I downloaded it, just to make myself more aware of the good and bad things I'd done.
Here briefly are some of the thoughts that went through my mind as I looked at the photo for the first time:
- I like the setting next to a pretty harbor at sunset
- I like the placement of the couple in the frame, especially the way the water surrounds their upper bodies and heads
- I like that they're both wearing red sweaters/jackets and that those colors really pop out
- I like that both have a foot off the ground and that I had good timing to capture that
- I hate the specular highlights on the oil tanks across the harbor in the distance--that's my biggest criticism; I should have cropped those tanks out
- The more I looked at the photo, I think the couple is a bit too close to center; I should have put them farther to the right (you can see that this conflicts with my second comment above--and I often wrestle with conflicting thoughts) and...
- Thinking more about their placement: I'm not thrilled that I'm at the same level with the couple--I wish I had thought to snatch the camera off of the tripod and knelt down quickly
- I wish I had spoken to them and asked them to turn around and pose quickly--perhaps hugging or looking at each other
- I used too long a zoom setting, I should have exaggerated the space with a wider lens