Yesterday I went on a guided tour of a township in the city. Pre-planning for the shoot I decided in my wisdom that I would shoot jpeg only and in Sepia with a soft focus lens to add an authentic look to the images. I like to travel light, so simple enough, the lensbaby soft focus lens with creative aperture disks and 0.6x and 1.6x converters would do the trick.
4 hours later after being baked in the hot sun I returned home and reviewed the images. TOTAL DISASTER. The harsh sun and lack of lens hood had caused the most awful lens flare ghosting on top of the soft images.
Dispirited I retired for the night my technical expertise and creative spirit in tatters, with an almost zero haul I would probably consign the day’s shoot to bin 13 the next day. I dreaded what was to come from my editor.
Now I have a very harsh editor with demanding standards who throws around platitudes like – “suck it up buttercup” – “when life gives you lemons ….” and the current favourite “sharp focus is so last year”. Perhaps , maybe.
I awoke this morning after a restless sleep my editors harsh yet to come criticism pounding my ego and 1 word jumped out at me – GLAUCOMA. I hit up aunty google and came up with this image relating to the condition.
Was there any salvation or take away from complete failure? With a touch of post processing and a few judicious radial filters in Lightroom I realised yep, I suffered from glaucoma. Well, at least if nothing else, I could have the inspiration in the back of my mind , and the technical know how for a series titled just that.
I have yet to face my editor and endure scorn and harsh criticism but at least I have a cunning explanation in my back pocket to make me look halfway smart!
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