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Why I Save "Borderline" Images

late evening light on firs and cedars at ricksecker point
Late Evening Light at Mount Rainier National Park
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Save your photos! Well, some of them.

  Sometimes I read how others delete all the shots they aren’t immediately happy with, not just those that were out of focus etc. As I have written before I do go through and quickly delete photos that are obviously not up to par (focus accidents, test shots etc) – but then I tend to sit back and digest them for a while. Immediately after I shoot the impressions I have of the results may not be very objective. I wait for a while to process most images so I can more clearly see what is going on, and to distance myself from my initial expectations. Even after some distance and thought I do not always get things “right” in my choices, and sometimes images fall through the cracks.

  The image here is one such example. This is a late evening shot I made in Mount Rainier National Park in October, 2010. Ricksecker Point is a good vantage point for Rainier itself, but unless you get some really special light things will look just like all the other “iconic” shots from the same spot. I had gone there hoping to get some good sunset shots near the Tatoosh Range but this just wasn’t going to happen with that day’s conditions so I started looking for alternative compositions. I noticed the glow of the late evening light on these fir and cedar trees and made a few photographs of what I saw. When I first looked at these at home though, they did not really seem to stand out.

  A few weeks ago I was going through some of my folders of photographs from 2010. I like to review things occasionally and look over shots I have passed by in favour of images that, at the time at least, appear stronger. I noticed this shot and was somewhat surprised I had never really noticed it before. It had not been a throwaway but was not selected for bigger things at the time either.

I am curious what other photographers do with the shots they initially think are “borderline”? Do you purge everything but the strongest images right away or do you sit on a lot of shots so you can evaluate them later?

Mt. Rainier at Sunset

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Last direct light of the day on Mt. Rainier from Ricksecker Point in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Eagle Peak – Tatoosh range

Western end of the Tatoosh Range at Ricksecker Point – Mt. Rainier National Park.

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American Flag at Mt. Rainier National Park

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eagle peak of the tatoosh range

Mt. Rainier Panorama

Mt. Rainier in September 2009.

6 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM @ 35mm

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Mt. Rainier – Ricksecker Point to Paradise

A few shots of Mt. Rainier from Ricksecker Point and Paradise Inn from Paradise Valley in Mt. Rainier National Park.

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Narada Falls – Mt. Rainier National Park

I previously posted a “panorama” shot from the trail next to Narada Falls. These are a few more of the falls and the surrounding area.

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Peaks in the Tatoosh Range

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Cloudier view of the Nisqually River Bridge near the source of the Nisqually River just below the glacier.

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Tatoosh Range / Ricksecker Point – Mt. Rainier National Park

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