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(Forgive me if I'm looking at things a little philosophically these days. When you're stuck vacillating between debilitating pessimism and cautious optimism, philosophy keeps you sane.)
I recently discovered the wonders of Photoshop Light Room 2.
A few nights ago, as I sat in front of my computer, ruminating about the uncertain future and playing with a throw away image from a bridal shoot I did last Fall, I had a revelation. Of sorts.
When I took this picture, I imagined it totally different than the way it turned out. But it was born in adversity -- I shot it in the dark, without a flash and at a VERY high ISO. These are not ideal circumstances, and really this shot had very little chance of succeeding.
But, then I started giving it a little more attention. I found its strengths and I enhanced them. I nurtured it, I softened the edges and listened to the story it had to tell.
When is the last time you listened to a photograph?
It's still the same picture -- the information recorded on the SD card is the same. It was all there, it just needed to be coaxed out. It needed to be believed in. It needed someone to come along with the tools and the time to help it become what it was meant to be. The photo overcame it's circumstances, and became the picture that I knew it was supposed to be.
There's a lesson here somewhere...
(I told you I was in a philosophical mood)