|Naturally somewhat straight|
Delray Beach. FL
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If you put a ruler up to your screen - just be careful to avoid scratching it...on second thought, maybe you shouldn't - you'll probably notice these lines aren't perfectly straight due to the natural curve of the leaf. It's also not a perfect example of a leaf, as it sports little nicks and scratches here, there and pretty much everywhere.
I'm good with that. I'll admit I wrestled with whether to PhotoShop - oops, Aperture - this picture to within a millimeter of its life. I could have easily spent some quality mouse time massaging the imperfections until they disappeared. In doing so, I could have easily turned this view of imperfection into the leafy equivalent of a magazine cover: Perfect in every way, except for realism and soul.
So the leaf stayed as is, just as it was when I first shot it. Because photos, like life, aren't always perfect. And I'm good with that, too.
Your turn: Is perfection overrated?