It is funny how perceptions differ between people. It is certainly true for photographers as well. There are some shots that I consider to be my best work that members of my family look at and politely say…”oh, that’s nice.” On the other hand, there are images I’ve taken that I think are just okay but others really “ahhhh and oooohhhh” about.
The shot below is a perfect example. I took this image earlier this year but I wasn’t happy with it. Sure it was nice to get a manatee and a sunrise in the same shot but I didn’t like how part of the manatee wasn’t in focus so I didn’t even bother to process the shot for a few months. But eventually I did and on a slow day, I named it “Morning Rendezvous” and posted it to my facebook account. And it went viral. Over 10,000 ‘likes’, hundreds of shares and comments. More than anything that I’ve posted before…heck, more than EVERYTHING combined that I’ve ever posted. People started tracking me down to buy prints and it is now, by far, my best selling print. It’s been published and used as the banner for multiple websites…heck…the Crystal River Manatee Refuge even used it as the basis of a mural they had painted at their center!
I really don’t intend to brag. But to be honest, this is a huge break for me professionally, so of course I’m very pleased. It really is great to create something that strikes such a chord in people. That is, after all, one of my goals in photography.
But did it have to be this picture? Clearly most folks aren’t immediately distracted by the poor focus…which is all the perfectionist in me sees.