A photograph of different types of lichen growing profusely on clay tiles which sit atop a low lime-washed wall in the village. I first photographed this lichen a few weeks ago on a cloudy but what I thought was a bright enough day and was pleased enough with the result to add it to my WordPress file for future possibles to post. I kept putting off posting though – sometimes I’m just not completely happy with a photograph and I’m not really sure why. Anyway, I went along and took some more shots a couple of days ago on a sunnier day and although the wall is partly shaded by trees, the dappled light really lifted the photograph and makes the previous ones look really dull in comparison.
There is a very long and deep learning curve with regard to photography: there is so much to learn. I met a professional photographer at a craft show a couple of months back and he said it took him about 7 years to feel like he was competent. If you regard photography as an art rather than a science, then perhaps one will never be satisfied with a shot. The 19th Century German Romantic aesthetes declared that a work of art should always be in the process of ‘becoming’ and should never be completed. There are long and complicated reasons why, but I think they had something there; in my case it’s sometimes hard to be completely satisfied with the result of photographs. There’s often some aspect which could have been better, but then that’s a great excuse to get out and practise a bit more 🙂
Edit 17.00: I’ve had a suggestion from Calvin (see comments) that the shot would look improved without the green square (top left side). I thought it was a good idea and have inserted a slideshow containing both versions below for comparison.