Sometimes it’ hard to turn down a photo when you come across something in it long after the image was made.
Yellowstone is filled to the brim with intriguing and intimate landscapes that surround the geysers, pools, and springs. The surreal, Venus-like landscape makes almost anything in the park irresistible. Even something as simple as this — what even is this; it’s just a…thing…in some water…what is it — whatever it is, it caught my eye.
Now, this image is hard to turn away. At the end of it all, the composition is off and very right-heavy, it’s cropped in a good amount just to attempt fixing the composition, and at the distance I was standing, an aperture of f/8 is essentially meaningless. The depth of field is depressingly shallow. If i treat this photo, as well as a few of the more recent Ones that DIdn’t Make It, as pseudo-arial shots, this would definitely be cut.
But WHY is it hard to turn away, you may keep asking?
This stupid dragonfly. It ruined everything and made me re-consider publishing it. If you can’t see it, it’s essentially smack in the middle of the frame flying right above the circular….thing. I didn’t see it until months after the road trip.
But at the end of the day, a poorly composed image is simply that. No amount of cropping or accidental dragonflies will make it better.