We were visiting friends when their elder daughter, whom we like very much, suddenly started asking her parents about how words are written.  She knew how letters and combinations of letters sound and how they look when written down, but she’d never equated the two before.

A few words of explanation from her parents and –   to the vast astonishment of everyone present – she just started writing words all over large pieces of scrap paper on the floor!

I had my camera to hand, and a unique occasion was recorded.  This is not a good picture photographically, but in this sort of instance that doesn’t worry me at all – and I love her tentative, slightly doubtful expression.  26 Apr 2009; Nikon D700 with 105mm Micro Nikkor; 3200 ISO.



  1. Adrian, once again you are an inspiration. There are far too many images that I have been very fond of, but have not (or not adequately) shared because they weren’t sharp or crisp enough, or the lighting was wrong, or there were distracting elements, or, or, or . . . and I see this as a fault in need of improvement. The gut reaction is a very real thing, and I am in complete agreement that it is one of the most important parts of “good” photography. Thanks yet again!


    • Well >>>thank you – you say such good things, I’m quite taken aback!

      However, I’m absolutely sure that if an image “has it” – if its important enough (as this was – and what about Robert Capa’s very blurred images of the D Day beaches?), or poignant enough or anything else enough ->>> then to hell with photographic niceties and its worth seeing! Adrian


    • Well thanks, Luddy, I appreciate your thoughts >>> and I’m right in there with you regarding “imperfect” images.

      I know someone who is right in there re admiring sharpness, getting more expensive lenses for sharper shots, admiring HDR, etc, but I just can’t get into that mindset. I am not of course saying that I prefer unsharp images, but rather that the first thing I look for in an image – whether its my own or someone else’s – is the gut reaction that I experience when first seeing it.

      This is why some of my Comments on others’ blogs are along the lines of “Oh yes, I like that, I like that very much …”, because these are the words that came into my mind on first seeing the image. As well of course, there are images that I get more from as I look more at them, but most pictures give me an initial “gut yes or no”.

      “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and we all have different tastes – and thank heavens we do!!! – but if I find an image effective, it is to me effective, regardless of peripheral “photographic quality” concerns. Thanks again! Adrian.


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