Perfect Imperfection Part 2 by backyardbirdnerd

Perfect Imperfection Part 2

I've been thinking a lot about this concept called "Perfect Imperfection" and how it applies to my work as a photographer. As someone who mostly shoots wildlife, I find that I sometimes concentrate too much on making sure my photos are "technically perfect", as in the subject is in proper focus, the light is right, and there's a clear and interesting background, and not as much as I should on whether or not the photograph tells a story.

I took this photo during a weekend trip to Galveston. The location is a beautiful coastal wildlife refuge but presents a bit of a photography challenge as it's also on a shipping channel with heavy barge traffic so the issue becomes photographing the wildlife in what appears to be a natural setting. This photo isn't great for a few reasons, the sun was just coming up so it's a bit dark and grainy, the bird isn't crisp and well in focus, plus there's a boat passing right behind the bird. As I was sorting through all the photos I took that morning, I found myself continually coming back to it and eventually opted to keep it. As I set about developing it, I thought about the story it told and how the "imperfections" make it, to me, a much more interesting photo. I love the serene setting of a new dawn with the boat in the background and how it represents the tension between man and nature.

Things to ponder as I'm laying in the mud waiting for the sun to rise...
I like it!
November 8th, 2019  
Wonderfully captured!! Looks like a Long-billed Curlew.
November 8th, 2019  
Lovely capture
November 8th, 2019  
@jb030958 Thank you!!
November 8th, 2019  
@photographycrazy Thank you and yes, Long Billed Curlew!
November 8th, 2019  
@777margo Thank you, Margo!
November 8th, 2019  
I like this image immensely and your concept of perfect imperfection. We spend so much time trying to take a nature photo with no evidence of man's effect on nature, however, this perfectly places the curlew in it's "natural" habitat.
November 9th, 2019  
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