This morning on my drive back from the dentist, the light was beautiful! The sky was clear & the sun was shining, but in such a way that it just looked like winter out. I had a picture in my mind of a photo I wanted to make: a low angle photo of a little child in mittens and a winter coat backlit by that wintery sun. Ah, I wanted to make that photo & I see it perfectly in my mind’s eye. My child was not the child in that picture in my mind. I decided when we went walking, I would bring my camera & look for that child…maybe on a walk or at the park with a mom to whom I could pose my strange request to photograph their child. Is that creepy?
Anyway, unfortunately the light changed, some clouds moved in & we saw no kids that fit the bill to make that photograph today. But on our walk, I did look down at little John & see this picture in my mind.
Things I would have changed: I would have closed my aperture a bit so that his hand was a little less out of focus. I also would have pulled back a bit, because his sweater has cute ears on the hood & I think in retrospect I would have liked to include them in the photo.
However, if I had changed those things this picture would no longer be called “eyelashes.” It’s interesting how composition & focus completely effect what you see & the story you tell. When I grabbed my camera, I actually didn’t intend for this story, which shows my immaturity as a photographer. But in the end, I certainly don’t mind the story I told.