I used to be indecisive but now I’m not sure…..

 

Todays blog is all about decisions and choices.

 

If you’re anything like me you’re nothing if not indecisive, well you might be you’re just not sure 😉

 

When I’m shooting a subject I might have got the exposure and basic framing how I want it, and I’ve taken a shot or two, but then rather than leaving well alone and moving on, I stay and wait for the subject to perhaps change position.

 

Now admittedly the subject matter here a simple Pyjama Slug living on the wreckage of the Barge, isn’t going to move around at an enormous speed, but it is getting wafted in the slight current, so that it’s head and horns are altering position.
So it may be worth staying awhile and seeing if you can’t get a better composition.

I’ve talked before about working the shot. (Click here) and this is I guess the same thing.

 

However now I’m left with three pictures after taking many more of this creature that I like all for different reasons.

So what I tend to do is to process the RAW’s and make some jpegs from them that sit on my desktop in a folder. And come back to them. And keep coming back until I’ve made a definite decision and whittled them down to a decisive one, singular, all on it’s own.

If I then can’t decide I show them to my other half, and anyone else who comes along.
I rarely show them to my other underwater photographic friends, because I reckon that someone outside of our odd little world, is better placed to judge them, purely on aesthetic merit without bringing to the table the inherent technicalities and understanding of the inner workings of what we do, which can cloud the issue still further.

Problem is in this case, I still can’t make my mind up.

 

 

 

I like the position of the body on this one, because you can see its gills.

I like the position of the body on this one, because you can see its gills.

 

 

This one I like because it's got a more head on appearance.

This one I like because it’s got a more head on appearance.

 

 

This one I like because its horns are straight up and symmetrical .

This one I like because its horns are straight up and symmetrical .

 

 

Ok, I know it’s not the photo problem of the century, and it’s not even close to being my favourite nudibranch picture, but its representative of how my mind can often hit a decision making speed bump, when I’m taking and editing pictures.

 

The one at the top I like because of the angle of its body allows me to see its gills more clearly, but then I like the more head on position of the one below it, but the one on the bottom, I love the way its horns are symmetrical and it looks like it’s looking at me.

Oh, what to do?

Maybe they should just stay as pictorial siblings and the best option is to print them out as a set of three. A triptych no less, yes decision made that’s my final answer.
Ive used an app to produce the triptych below called Picframe, but this can be done easily enough in Adobe Lightrooms printing module.

 

 

Ok, decision made I will keep them as a trio and print them off like this. Oh, hang on maybe they'd work better as a vertically orientated trio?

Ok, decision made I will keep them as a trio and print them off like this. Oh, hang on maybe they’d work better as a vertically orientated trio?

 

 

Ok, decision made I will keep them as a trio and print them off like this. Oh, hang on maybe they’d work better as a vertically orientated trio?

 

 

Mmmh now I like the way they look vertically, but do I prefer the tighter cropped horizontal grouping? Aaaaarrrrgh!!!!

Mmmh now I like the way they look vertically, but do I prefer the tighter cropped horizontal grouping? Aaaaarrrrgh!!!!

 

Mmmh now I like the way they look vertically, but do I prefer the tighter cropped horizontal grouping? Aaaaarrrrgh!!!!

Back to the drawing board, at least I’ve only got the the choice of two now I suppose.

Ok, for you technical peeps I shot this on my very first dive using my Olympus OMD EM5, a while back, and these guys formed the basis of one of my very first blog posts too.
You can check it out (click here)

I also shot this at the Barge, a regular haunt of underwater photographers which was a subject of a more recent blog post I did (click here)

 

If you’d like to join me on a trip sometime, then please check out my workshops page (click here)

 

They are for all abilities and if you’d like to know more about what goes on on a typical trip then please (click here)

 

Ok, thanks for indulging me, and I hope you didn’t mind me sharing my inherent inability to make picture choice decisions.

Duxy