We are celebrating Thankful Thursday with images that are less than picture perfect, but ones we treasure for different reasons.
With the development of digital SLR cameras, camera ‘phones, and other devices, we can find ourselves deleting far too much, far too quickly as being not good enough or not perfect. Sometimes this is not the good idea we think it is.
Save That Picture, It’s A Memory
If you look at our pictures, you will see there is something wrong with each one, but, each one holds a memory that is more precious that quality, sharpness or perfect framing.
Dusty is Blurry
For new readers Dusty has quite a history with us, including movies and some mischief. He became a treasured and loved member of our family. This blurry shot seems to capture something of his cheeky and fearless spirit so it stays – blurry or not.
Bad This, Bad That, Bad Most Things!
Another ‘don’t be too hard on yourself’ picture. Dusty stopped going out when he became very frail, in fact you can see just how slender he is here. As I always do when a cat goes by I grabbed my phone to take a picture. This turned out to be one of his last trips out into the garden, so a captured memory to treasure and a picture it might have been so easy to delete.
Lessons Learned Before Deleting
I read on a photography blog (somewhere!) that you should not delete any of your holiday pictures until you get home. You never know what you might not see when you first you upload your pictures so hold off on deleting anything. This is something I have never forgotten. What seems terrible one day is, not half bad the next, and hey that’s good a few days later! So go easy on that delete button!
I could so easily have deleted Dusty’s pictures and also this next one of Phoebe.
Just Because Something’s Wrong
This cute picture is our youngster Phoebe. There’s the corner of a litter tray, then the table leg takes up space on the left side. She is surrounded by garden stuff.
You know what though? I have not deleted the picture because I am happy that I managed to capture her serious young face, and the light isn’t too bad either. There are things I can do to improve this picture. I could trim out the unwelcome garden furniture or I could crop to just the area around Phoebe’s face in an oval or smaller square.
Top Tip for Picture Perfect Memories
Don’t be too hard on the picture, or your own skills. You may have just one slightly blurry shot of something really special. Keep it. You have a wonderful memory to treasure, even if you never share it with the world. Go one step further, have the picture printed off. So many images are lost in the digital age because people forget to print off a copy.
Celebrating our less that picture perfect images makes us want to ask. Do you have any terrible pictures you treasure?