Monthly foul-up Friday

Perfect doesn’t happen ALL the time, and that’s OK

This is a monthly segment where I showcase the photograph I had high hopes of creating but didn’t quite follow through. I’ll discuss the shooting scene, where I went wrong, what I could have done differently, and my lesson learned.

The Scene

While driving down a rural country road, we spotted a few deer enjoying their breakfast. There were two doe’s and a young buck. They found a patch of grass along the the side of the road to graze when we stumbled into each other. I was in the passenger seat and I was so excited to see wildlife larger than my usual subject -birds. Only one of the deer looked up when we immediately stopped the car to capture the moment.

Where I went wrong

First, I was wearing gloves because it was a bit chilly that day and my camera was in my camera bag on the car floor. When the car stopped, I hurried to grab my camera and didn’t realize that it was still on. In the middle of taking it out of the bag, I started to inadvertently press the shutter button- the shutter was set to continuous height so it was snapping photos back to back before I even placed the view fider to my eye.

Second, when I finally did get it up to my eye it was still buffering the photos; more time to wait. By this time I was afraid that the deer would run away before I captured the photo I switched to auto ISO tried to focus and took the picture. Another issue, I was shooting through the front windshield. The shutter speed was too slow, hence the blurriness of the photo.

What I could have done differently

I could have waited for the deer to move or drive around it to capture a more preferable. I could have even opened the aperture, to create a blurry background and tone down the “busy background”. However, it was obviously startled/alerted by my presence and stopped doing it natural activity. When that happens, I back away and go about my day because the last thing I would want is to stress out an animal just to capture a photo – its not worth it.

What I learned

  • Shutdown camera after use
  • Access the scene thoroughly for distractions

Don’t forget to turn the camera off after using. I usually do but for some reason I forgot that time. Taking a photo through the windshield is a hit or miss. Sometimes you can get away with it and sometimes you can’t.  I think if I did have the correct shutter, the scene itself is not suitable for me. The chain link fence in the background is unattractive and takes away from the beauty of the deer.

I’m grateful that I was able to come across beautiful wildlife while enjoying my weekend activities. This just wasn’t the proper scene to showcase the beauty of this animal. I will also triple check that my camera is “OFF” after use. Also, from now on I will put the camera to a safe shutter speed right before turning it off. That way, if I run into a situation where I need to quickly snap a picture, the shutter will already be in position.

I hope I could share some insight into my adventures as the backyard photographer – including my foul-ups.



” I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”
-Michael J. Fox

 Happy Friday! New post tomorrow! 🙂

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