In celebration of imperfection...
As most of you know, I'm a macro addict. I am totally obsessed with the details and beauty in nature. To improve my skills I recently took a macro photography class. I was so enthusiastic at first; read the lesson, get outside, find an object, and practice to get it perfect! I pushed to get the perfect macro image, perfect light, perfect composition, and perfect focus spot every time. Did you notice the repeated word perfect? I pushed to hard and as the month went on, I began to lose a little of my passion for macro. After all, this was hard work, very hard work with lots of details and camera settings to keep in mind. I think during the third week of class my shots were getting worse, not better. I struggled to find different subjects to photograph and post. I didn't want to keep posting the same old thing. I would walk around and all I saw were acorns, leaves, lichen, and mushrooms. I'd already taken hundreds of pictures of them. I don't want to sound like I didn't like the class, because I did. It was a positive class with positive feed back. The teacher provided helpful suggestions when he critiqued our photos. I just put way to much pressure on myself to take the perfect shot every time.
This is why an out of focus photo of a mushroom touched me. I had my camera on the ground trying to shoot the underside edge of the mushroom and the light. As you can see my focus was off and the mushroom is blurry. I took many pictures at this angle and did get the one I wanted...the focus at just the perfect spot. The picture that meant the most to me though, came as a surprise when I uploaded them to the computer. There in that unfocused mushroom was a heart and it was the only picture that the heart showed up in!! A gentle reminder to me that I love nature. I love it's beauty, it's details, and the little surprises that are captured. I learned a lot in this class, but more importantly I learned to give myself a break. I wasn't going to flunk if I posted a less than perfect image. It was after all a class in which I joined to learn. If I were perfect, I wouldn't need the class or the help. I don't have to always capture the perfect image. I don't even have to post perfect images on my blog. I just have to love what I'm doing!
I'm linking this post to Kat's September Photo-Heart Connection. Click on the button below and read how others have connected to their photography this past month! I think you'll enjoy the photos and the stories behind them. There's also still plenty of time to look through your September photos, find one that touches you, and share it on Kat's web sight, Kat Eye Studio. Please join us!!