Reframing Perfection

What does the perfect photo mean to you? Does it even exist? Have we become so obsessed with perfection that it's crushing our creativity? Even now I've just been sitting and thinking for the last five minutes about the perfect way to write to get across the point I'm trying to make.  So I'm just going to dive straight in with this photo.

I spotted this composition near Pen Y Fan and decided to give it a go. With the stream of water so close in the foreground I opted to focus stack. The wind was blowing hard at this point so keeping my tripod steady was almost impossible. This was telling when I came to focus stack the images as photoshop was struggling to align them. There was also some light rain which ended up on my lens. 

Embracing Imperfection

All of these aforementioned points have made this photo soft in places. Add to that the obvious lack of light due to the overcast conditions and you will find a lot of things technically wrong with it. However, despite all of this, it's one of my favourite photos. I'll try to explain why. 

I didn't make it to the top of Pen Y Fan that day. By the time I'd reached the base of the final ascent to Corn Du (Pen Y Fan's neighbour) the wind was blowing so hard I could barely stand. Ordinarily, when I've gone out at sunrise and come home empty handed I can get very frustrated but on this occasion, this wasn't the way I saw it. The climb was hard in the wet and windy weather and the snow in places was knee deep. Despite all of this, the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I descended with a smile on my face. Big epic landscapes are my favourite type of environment so I simply took it all in, enjoyed the challenge and for the first time ever, I couldn't care less that I hadn't taken a photo.  Until the point where I actually did take a photo and then, well, ya know....see above!

Do you have an 'imperfect' photo that you particularly like and would like to share?  Let me know in the comments.