Do you ever go on a photo shoot and make an image feeling quite confident that you got a great shot … and then when you see it on your computer later it just didn’t turn out the way you envisioned it?
That happens to me all the time and I’ve discovered a secret: sometimes images just need to rest awhile.
Like this image I made at North Lake on Prince Edward Island last year.
I tried and tried to process this shot when I got it home. But it just wasn’t right. So I never posted it, I just hung on to it. I’ve gone back to it a few times because I always felt there was something there but it never turned out right.
Today, finally, over a year later I realized what I was doing wrong. I was trying to make it too realistic. This scene defies realism even when you’re right there looking at it with your eyes. It’s hard to believe its a real place.
Maybe I needed some distance from it myself so I could look back and reflect on what Prince Edward Island was like. It was soft and gentle, a quaint countryside with green green grass (lots of grass) and blue blue sky and red barns and yellow barns. It was so colourful it sometimes looked like a painting.
Ah, a painting!
That’s when I knew had to go in the other direction. I had to make the image colourful and soft. Now I’m happy with it.
What do you think? Do you ever need to let your images simmer awhile?