Week 119 — Almost Shots

Omaha, 2016; Fuji X-T2; Fuji 56mm f/1.2; 1/180s; f/8; ISO 6400

To me, this is an “almost shot”. It doesn’t quite work, but it almost does… If I had clicked the shutter when the pedestrian was just a little farther down the hill and her reflection lined up with the crack in the glass. If I was a half step to my right so the edge of the bus booth covered up the stoplight pole. If the car wasn’t there. Almost.

I still like this image, though. Photography – especially street photography – is as much about failures and “almost shots” as it is about successes. We so rarely get a glimpse of these failures in others’ work, though. All we see are the highlight reels of successes. This isn’t entirely bad…I mean, I don’t want to see a bunch of shitty photos when I go on Instagram… And most photographers are showing their best work to try to get clients so they can make money and survive and all…so I can’t really blame them for that.

All I’m saying is that I think it’s nice to get a little splash of raw, vulnerable failure on occasion. Which is why this week I’m posting an “almost shot” with some rambling commentary full of run-ons and sentence fragments. I’ll be back next week with something more polished and coherent. 😉

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