I wrote a while back on how it’s a good idea to wait a while before deciding on your final image from a shoot. You’d think I’d take my own advice occasionally.
I thought I’d take a LEGO photo for Valentine’s day this year; it’s always a good excuse as I’m a sucker for Stormtroopers in romantic situations. This year I had a secondary reason: my itching desire to use a Force Awakens Stormtrooper in a photo. I’d had a few of those guys lying around unused for weeks, still clean, pristine, and free of dust. Nothing stays that way for long in a house with three cats.
I took the image on Valentine’s day itself, processed it, cropped it, and sent it off to its final destinations on the Internet. I didn’t have time to let it “mature”, a Valentine’s photo posted after the 14th of February is obviously wrong. I thought I was done. I think I might even have made cup of tea to celebrate. This was the image I chose:
Then Kerry made a small comment that changed all that: “where’s the story?”, “perhaps he should be writing the cards?”. She was absolutely right. The act of one Stormtrooper giving a card to another isn’t particularly exciting. What if the Stormtrooper was writing the card, what if he was writing many cards, trying to cover as many bases as possible? Goodness, this is a much better photo idea!
Over the next few hours I created many miniature cards and set up my little scene. I was pretty pleased with the result. Much more my style. And this is the later photo:
Of course, I’d already shared my original photo. Valentine’s day was done, photographically. Posting two photos would be wrong. The best I could do was write a blog post about it and hope someone, maybe even me, learns a valuable lesson about not rushing to share a photo.