Musings on Photography


Posted in Uncategorized by Paul Butzi on December 11, 2009


This is a small area in the forest near my house; I leave this area unmanaged for reasons beyond the scope of discussion here.

Each day it defies my efforts to make a decent photograph of it. Slowly but surely, though, the photographs I make of this spot are getting better. This one managed to make it into the ‘interesting failure’ category.

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  1. adam said, on December 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I have to disagree with you on this one. The image is a magnificent success.
    I grew up among this kind of scrub in eastern PA, and the image captures the essence exactly. You are much too hard on yourself.
    And having a degree in Forestry, I understand your decision just to leave it alone, it will develop.
    Thank you for the “time machine”.

  2. Jim said, on December 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    This made my day! I’ve been photographing the same small wooded area at least twice a week for the past 13 years. I’ve used P&S (film & Digital), slr (same) and medium format. I would like to get a shot that I’d call “interesting failure”.

    I’m going to keep trying, who knows, maybe one of these days there will be an “interesting failure”.

  3. Monte Stevens said, on December 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    ‘Interesting failure’ category, I like that! Hope you don’t mind if I use that. 🙂 I also like your approach to returning again for another try. I believe it’s called: practice. More of us could sure use that approach.

  4. Joe Jarosak said, on December 12, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I was up to Roy this past August to meet with another bunch of “Imaginary Internet Freinds”. As I past through I kept my eye out for someone wandering about with macro in hand but alsa I saw no one or I would have waved. 😉

    Succesful photography of natural chaos seems to escape most of us, myself included but we keep trying too for some reason.

    “Interesting Failures” a new LR catalog!

  5. Admin said, on December 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I’m not sure about you Paul but for me in a similar situation at “the spot”, I’ll have some sort of visual response as well as an emotional one. It is nice to be able to capture in a photo some of what you had or could of had or hope to of had. For me it’s often the case that the human response is not entirely due to visual stimulation and thus even more difficult to capture in the photo. And then there is the case where you might be capturing a response that did not in fact occur at the time.

    As you can see often a photo for me is much more than just a visual thing, or at least the ones I tend to prefer.

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