On my way to class I thought I found a great thing to shoot; I saw a large electrical substation that was lit up (for security), and the way the light fell on the shapes of the components was compelling! I took a few minutes during class to look at it on Google Earth to see where I could park and get close to shoot.
So after class I drove the short distance, but after parking, I felt there was too much traffic and someone might think I looked suspicious shooting a large electrical distribution center at night, so I chickened out. But across the street was a power line cut in which several different types of power lines ran. It looked kinda neat as I was standing there in the cold wind, so I set up my tripod and made several exposures.
Between the dead weeds, mixed lighting, and busy scene, I wasn’t thrilled with the results. I did a black & white conversion with some cropping and a little cloning, but it’s not how I pictured it in my minds eye. The alternating light and dark sections of the wires (from the multiple passing cars) is distracting to me, and I did not do a good job in establishing a singular point of focus. I will chalk this up as a learning experience and choose my composition better next time :)
I have to admit, its a lot easier to say “I don’t like that image” about one I made than it is to actually spell out what it is exactly that I feel I didn’t do well at in creating it. I’ve never been good at proofing my own work (writing, etc), and it’s not different in photography. But from what I’ve read, and from my (minuscule) experience, it’s one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your photography (other than practice). So I challenge you to on occasion look at a final image you have created and critique it; whether it’s one you love or one you are not fond of. Figure out what it is about it that you love/hate! It’s HARD! But worth it :)
UPDATE (2 min later): Right as I was about to hit “publish” for this post, I recieved an email from Flickr (where this image is hosted) stating someone had marked this one as a “favorite.” I don’t know why; maybe they just randomly do that to drive traffic to their images or maybe they really like it? What do you think?