Friday, September 03, 2021

Back to the Spiderverse

Strong, stronger, strongest
London, ON
August 2021
This photo originally shared on Instagram

If one spiderweb pic is worth sharing, then what does that say about the second?

I'm hoping good things. Because I often wrestle with how many versions of a given scene to share. Photographic Rule #172 (or maybe it's #175) dictates that you shoot more than one frame of a given scene - with different settings, from a different perspective, whatever - to ensure that you bring at least one reasonable pic home.

It's a bit of a holdover from the days of film, when each shutter trigger was rather precious, because it cost you in film stock and processing every time you took a picture.

And if you took one photo, only to realize after the fact that it was blurry, or improperly composed, or exposed, or whatever, you were kind of out of luck. No backsies.

Digital offers no such compromise, as you're limited only by battery duration, memory card capacity, and time. So you take a bunch of shots, seemingly of the same thing, then pick the best one.

But what if "best one" turns out to be "best two"? Or ten? How do you cull down your favorites? Do you share them all? Some? What's the right answer?

There really isn't one. Creativity has no rights or wrongs. If it touches your soul and feels right, that's all that really matters. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

So with that in mind, you're getting another spiderweb pic. Maybe I'll have more. And if they touch my soul, they'll show up here at some point. Cool how this photography thing works, isn't it?

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