When you don’t like a picture, can you honestly say why you don’t like it?
If it were something very obvious, something technical like focus, exposure or camera shake, it’s easy.
Contrasting reactions—I had to sneak my Point-and-shoot Powershot G3 inside church during a First Communion ceremony. It was well worth it. The contrast in reactions between father and mother when their daughter dressed all in white walked down the aisle says it all for me. Obviously I shot without the flash in available light. ISO 400 1/30 sec @ f2.8
What if it’s just the choice of subject?
That’s when I often grapple with what to say.
In that instance I have to step back a moment and ask so what if I don’t care for the choice of the subject in that picture.
Spontaneous & ever ready—Moments like these happen when they happen. By the time you find your digital SLR, mount the right lens, it may be gone. My kids play very nicely together and I’m so blessed they are that way towards each other. This is one of my favorite pictures of them.
â€œIt may be meaningless to me, but very significant to the person in the picture or the person who took the picture?â€
My buddy Ted Kulesa told me his pictures from his childhood were mostly poor quality and were on polaroids.
Ted’s a dear friend and I love the guy like a brother. Â I do think a bad picture in those instances is better than none.
I happen to have just a picture in mind to help make my point.
Take a look at the Â picture below.
Yes, it’s a picture of yours truly. But you wouldn’t know it by the composition, huh?
I barely made it into the picture, didn’t I?
The picture was taken on March 18, 1980.
â€œI have no recollection of who took the picture…â€ Actually I had to look up the date on my pilot’s log book.
And â€œI don’t talk like that.â€ Â That’s my impression of how politicians talk when they’re caught lying.
Terrible picture, isn’t it?– You can’t always impose the same aesthetic standards to every picture you see. A masterpiece to you may not be something someone would even take for free, that’s why.
Actually as bad as the picture is, I’m thankful I at least have it.
The occasion was my very first solo flight on a two-sitter trainer Piper Tomahawk whose callsign was RPC-1070 at an airstrip south of Manila in a small town called Canlubang in the Philippines.
What can I say about the photographer other than â€œThank You?â€
Those of you wondering what I’m doing half naked standing in an oil drum, here’s the lowdown.
Tradition called for pilot trainees who had just completed their first solo flight, a milestone for any pilot, to be carried from the cockpit and dumped into an oil drum which is filled with you-don’t-what-to-know-what.
And part of the ritual was that I had to completely immerse myself, head and all, into that liquid. Calling it â€œwaterâ€ would be incorrect. When it was all said and done, I was handed a bottle of Coke, presumably out of pity.
It was a milestone because until I had successfully solo-ed, my flight instructor treated me as sub-human, all part of the â€œtraining.â€
They are mostly family-oriented pictures.
They mean something to just me and quite possibly, no one else.
So far, they’ve been pictures of my kids taken during vacations.
And I’m not even using a fancy camera, just my point-and-shoot camera.
If I’m proud Â of them , it’s only because technically I was able to capture the image exactly as I saw it, without the hassle of toting a big digital SLR.
Come to think of it, if I had my digital SLR, I might have missed the shot.
Running like the wind–My kids tear up the cyclone exhibit at San Francisco’s Science Museum. Captured with my good old Canon Sureshot G3.
We’ve all been there. Walking around a theme park like Disneyland, Sea World or Legoland bogged down with a heavy camera body, 2 or Â 3 lenses and a flash.
Silhouettes-by-the-sea—I had my digital SLR in the car but I reached for my Point-and-shoot when I saw this scene unfold. I would have missed it if I had to grab my digital SLR. There’s something to be said about ease-of-use versus quality sometimes.
You might be enthusiastic on your 1st hour, but by lunch time, you might not even want to hold the camera up to your face.
All the images were taken with my trusty Point-and-shoot camera. I’m Â itching to get the latest version the G11, can you tell?