Perfection is a wonderful goal, but…
I am reading the news feeds while moving around props on a desk to take what I think can be a wonderful web page design for my brother in law. Of course, my regular tools are all in the United States, so I have a lower end Nikon, no tripod, and no lighting. (sh*tload of fog and rain, but i need bright warm natural light for the idea)
Yeah, I am an idiot, I think I can capture somewhere close to what I see in my head. If i do that, it will look wonderful and amazing.
Perhaps that is simply my style of working in a world that likes to have ever-finite detail outlined and then wonder when someone brings in a change, why do they cost so much? It is simply time.
I honestly don’t think my brother in law will get any other level of service than a client would. After all the free projects I did for various family and friend sin the past 10 years, I decided I couldn’t charge my brother in law either. It just doesn't feel right in my heart. I truly love helping people and giving them gifts. The idea of going back into business just to make money really isn't in my radar. I have to love what i am doing.
What a digression eh? I was reading what amounts to a stream of negative news form the western services and old journalist friends. It was a lame perpetual stream of the reality of what happens in our world, a police officer shot a suspect, there is some news surge about capital punishment and what is a “humane way” to basically kill another human. Then in the ever growing mystery I have trying to answers locals question about the US foreign policy, there was new blurbs that president Obama underestimated ISIS, yet, I guess he went to 40% of the meetings that discussed the issue?
Then I took a step back. I wonder how many times in a day in the USA a police officer stops someone for any reason. Then I recalculated all the hoopla about capital punishment and keep wondering why we spend several million dollars in legal fees and court appeals to provide the justice of killing someone, when the cost to incarcerate someone for life is several hundred thousand dollars. As for the US foreign policy, can someone have Hillary Clinton email me an explanation of what is going on?
Perfection is a wonderful goal. It really is. You can even have moments, ever so rare, but they exist on this planet. The perfect show, the perfect meal, the perfect moment with your loved one. The perfect cup of coffee, the perfect prayer or medication…yet, they are indeed rare.
So why do we live our lives expecting perfection. Why do we think there will not be a speck of dirt or dust on the kitchen counter that causes angst and anger as a reaction from another?
I am guessing that the more of a perfectionist someone is, I will wager there is some psychological stuff going on behind the façade. While perfectionism has a great effect if used properly in moving people and ideas beyond what was thought possible, it also can cause so many problems in that like persecution. Perfectionism is expected as a black and white issue, yet, how many of us can consistently live up and deliver perfection ourselves.
Got me where this ramble came from. But it has been strange days lately. Some wonderful ideas, good work…I will let you know how the photo shoot turns out with the improvised world of photography.
Thankfully, I learned to take pictures long before everything was done for you. It is that knowledge, and pushing an inexpensive Nikon lenses to limits it probably wasn’t designed.
I always told people to invest in the lenses. The expensive ones tend to make you look much more talented that you actually are.
Pay for the good glass.
Now, let me go pull every rabbit and technique i know out of my gluteous maximus (which is pretty big) to get the image i can take with the reality of the tools available to me, and work it to get one perfect image i need.