I have found, with both photography and creativity in general, it is not in following the rules, but knowing what they are and breaking them.
1. One does not shoot photos into the sun.
2. Lens-flare is bad.
3. There are rules to proper composition.
4. Photographing the perfect flower is preferable to photographing one less than perfect.
5. Realistic color is best.
And every one of those would have yielded a lesser picture. In fact, I was shooting in an atmosphere so humid, I had to keep wiping the haze off the lens with my shirt.
I broke every rule I could think of on this shot.
And I love it! Because it captures the true feel of the moment. I think we are in an age of creativity without bounds; only our own, self imposed rules that perhaps should not be there.
Now go find something creative that you have been taught is *always right* and break a few rules.
You have my permission!
7/21 P.S. My computer puked on me this morning....I was able to post comments, but Google and Blogger tag-teamed me and I was at a loss for what happened. I apologize for a *group* reply. Everything froze, things in my Windows program changed, I could not exit anything, could not access Blogger.....you name it. Had to go back in and restart from scratch, and luckily my blog is still here!
I had moments of doubt....thanks for bearing with me. Grazie!