The Insidious Photographer’s Ailment.
When you look at a photograph what do you first see?
Do you see a well composed photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of the scene, or do you see the slightly blown highlights in the water in an otherwise good image of a waterfall?
Do you see a dramatic sunset with an amazing sky, or do you notice a horizon that is almost imperceptibly crooked?
Do you see an excellent image of a city skyline at night, or do you see the digital noise, however slight it may be?
Do you notice the brilliant green and wonderfully patterned leaves covered in raindrops, or are your eyes drawn to the several specs of dirt that should have been clone out?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you are afflicted with what I refer to as The Photographers Curse.
I too am cursed.
Sadly I’ve found the better I become at the craft of photography, the more severe the symptoms of this insidious disease, the more even the slightest perceived flaw in an otherwise perfect photograph jumps out at me.
Edited to add – I don’t necessarily find these “flaws” detrimental to the overall photograph, a good photo is a good photo after all. It’s that I can’t not see them if they are there in the first place that is the curse.
Are you afflicted, and are you able to “turn off” the inner photographer and simply enjoy?