And summed up perfectly too, in this entry towards the end of an epic description of a day out in Bournemouth by diamond geezer:
20:45 Start looking through today’s photos (I appear to have taken 342).
Most are not as good as I’d hoped.
This is exactly the case with my photography – although usually on an entirely different south coast.
But that’s the way with photography today, isn’t it? And at least we have the luxury of taking that number of photographs in an attempt to capture something decent. Remember when you only had 24 or 36 shots for an entire holiday? And the expense of film and developing? That made each photograph precious: from the composition to the actual, tangible image at the end of the process.
That said, despite the fact that they now cost “nothing”, the fact that we’re still chucking 90+% of them away doesn’t speak much for our talent, does it?
The questions remain
Proportionately, are we now or were we then taking better photographs? And then, are our best photographs now better than our best ones then?
Sorry, I don’t think I have a considered answer, although I’d like to think that I’m improving bit by bit.
Meanwhile, talking of that photography, some of it has been Micklethwaited – which could be the catchall verb for “thinned, improved, made more interesting”. Something else that wouldn’t have worked very well or have been anywhere near as straightforward with a physical, old skool photograph.