I wanted to share a photo-heavy post of some of my “rejects”. Each day I take a single photo to add to my ongoing 365 project. However, I rarely (read: never) walk up to something, pull out the camera, press the shutter button, and think “there, I’m done now”. Usually multiple photos at different angles are taken. Often there are “back-up” shots grabbed in case nothing better comes along that day. And sometimes I love the shot but it ended up being not as in-focus as another one, so I trash it. And by trash it, I mean it sits on my hard drive never to see the light of day. (At the very least, anything that sits on my hard drive gets a quick edit, so they’re not totally unloved. The absolute rejects are deleted permanently).
Well, I went back through my LightRoom Catalogue over the past month and a bit and looked for photos of the city in particular that didn’t make the cut. I’m starting to see a certain beauty in this big, dirty city as I intentionally seek it out every day. Some are editing experiments that I wasn’t sold on. Some almost made it except for something technical that threw me off (i.e. the last photo – the beak is slighting out of focus). Some are good, but I didn’t feel there was enough of a story attached to them. Some are totally fine, but just got bumped for something better. So here they are: imperfect photos of an imperfect city, but still there is beauty.