Is perfection a must?

Dog in woods

Dog in woods

It happens to me every once in a while, you have a photo that is so beautiful for one part. But it’s just not perfect because of a technical fault. Does that have to ruin your photo? I don’t think so.

It happened to me last Saturday. I took this photo of my girlfriend’s dog, and the shot was really quite beautiful after I tuned the colors and contrast a little bit. The only thing was, the dog wasn’t very well in focus, or actually, it had a little motion blur, caused by my 1/60 shutter with focal length 50 (multiply that by 1.5 and you’re at about 1/80). That’s a real pity, because the lighting and fog in this photo are really exceptional and I’m not going to get a second chance very soon. So I just take the little imperfection for granted and I’m happy with the shot. I think those technical imperfections don’t have to ruin your shot. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Dog in woods

Dog in woods


Is this a good thing to do? Or should you keep fighting for the perfect shot, and ignore all that are not 100% perfect? What do you think?

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