Three Ways To Select Your Photo of the DayPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Mar 17, 2011 in 365, Blog | 25 comments
Do you have days you very deliberately take your photo of the day, leaving no doubt about your choice? Me too. But there are the other days. The days I have no idea which photo to choose. Days I don’t set out intentionally to create a photo or capture a moment. The days life occurs and I snap accordingly.
I’ll admit, I often avoid choosing my photo, hoping space and time will ease the process. It typically doesn’t. In fact, space and time create more difficulty.
March 9th, is one of those days. I’ve let it sit for a week. I’ve let it simmer. I’ve repeatedly returned to its folder, hoping to see something I didn’t before. It only become harder. I wish I had taken Myra’s advice and been more deliberate in selecting.
So I’m left with three choices.
- Pick the technically best photo. The one with exposure and composition shining above the rest.
- Select for the story. Which is the moment, the memory, I want to recall when I’m no longer able to remember without a prompt?
- Ask a friend. Let someone else do the work. My boys are often placed in this role. Tonight, however, they are sleeping.
So. I’ll ask you. Which would you select? I’ll give you background for each.
Candidate #1 – Ian in the Garden with the Ladies
Ian arrived home from school with a wind up bunny. It accompanied him into the garden to let the the chickens out. And because they do not have discriminating taste, the chickens wanted to eat it. He thought it was hysterical and wanted to show me exactly what happened. His little hunched shoulders crack me up.
Candidate #2 – Family Dinner
The photo prompt for March 9th was “the most important thing you do today.” I’d thought about it all day. Time with my boys, gathered round the dinner table is so important to me. I knew the angle I wanted to take this, had thought about settings. The execution isn’t quite how I imagined it. I hadn’t considered the unflattering angle of my husband ‘s and my face with a wide angle lens placed on the table. I love Ian’s expression though. He’s the master of faces and peering into the lens.
Candidate #4 – The Evolution of a 5 Year Old’s Art
Just before bedtime Ian showed me his latest drawing. He was so proud of himself. His name in clear, concise letters and a drawing of his bunny. I was a proud momma viewing his first non-stick person art. A real body and ears. In this single drawing, I can see his little brain has developed tremendously in a very short time.
So there you have it. Three candidates. Which would you chose and why? Thanks for helping me out.