Sometimes (by which I mean, honestly, "a lot of times"), I second-guess the photo I've chosen for a particular day on the photoblog. I usually post the next day's photo the night before, queuing up several days if I'm going to be busy or out of town, choosing a photo that I think--at the time--has interesting composition and subject matter and looks great. But then, sometime the next day or week or even month--I'll look at the photo and be like "what the hell was I thinking?". Ninety-nine percent of the time I catch my mistaken choice too late, once the photo has been published. And, since I'm not a fan of rewriting history, I let it stand and make myself promise to do better next time. Only rarely do I get a chance to fix my mistake before it's "too late". Take last night, for instance. I'd planned on going out to the roof of our parking garage late so that I could try to get some decent shots of the Moon while it was full and, for the first time in a few days, the skies were clear (or at least what passes for clear in Dallas-Fort Worth). Knowing that I'd be up late shooting, I decided to go ahead and get a photo posted. I'd traveled to Fort Worth on Saturday and had wandered around downtown there, taking photos like you do. I noticed that Tarrant County was in the process of remodeling the clock tower on their courthouse, so I took a few frames from the roof of a parking garage several blocks away, unsure of how usable they'd be backlit against the stormy grey sky. So, then, last night, I was surprised to find that they had a nice silhouetted effect that brought out the intricate details of the construction scaffolding and proceeded to choose one to process and post. Unfortunately, in my haste, I chose poorly. The frame I chose showed the scaffold on the left side and a crane on the right. At the time, I think my thoughts were that these two subjects--while not traditionally composed--would balance each other out and make for an interesting comparison between the pieces of scaffold and the framework of the crane. So I posted it.
And went about my business. I shot the Moon. Came inside, showered off the humidity and downloaded and reviewed my Moon shots. Then went to bed, reading some of my favorite photo-related sites and forums on my iPad. Then I started to fall asleep. And, as I lay there about to succumb to the Sleep Monster, it suddenly occurred to me "I'm about to publish a crap photo". So I leaped out of bed to my computer and chose another photo that was basically the same as the one I'd chosen, but used a strong centered composition--something one normally avoids but I think works well in this situaation--that focused on the clock tower scaffolds alone. Processed and published, I went to bed.
And, now, almost 9 hours later, I'm still happy with my choice. Here's the photo I ended up posting on the photoblog:
And here's the misfortunate first choice:
So, did I make the right choice?
The point being, never be afraid to second-guess yourself. Oftentimes, our first instincts aren't the right ones, despite what conventional wisdom says.