It's great to see those shots the photographer is proud to show the world, but can we learn more about that person, their photographic style and perceptions, and maybe even about photography itself, if we show and discuss some of those shots that we consider did not quite make the grade? Perhaps it may even be a useful way for beginners to learn about what others desire in their own photography, as well as having the chance to discuss their own goofs and get feedback.
In this thread we would like to see the shots that you feel are normally trash can. Not the complete screw ups, but those that almost, could have made it, if it wasn't for some aspect not being right. Don't just post the shot, tell us what it is about the shot that killed it for you.
To kick this off, here is one I took during the early stages of sunset yesterday. I actually retrieved this from my trash can and developed it in order to post in this thread.
The sun had not quite gone below the western ridge, and there was a beautiful golden glow cast across the land. Mt Lyell, in particular was reflecting the golden light beautifully, and that was what I was trying to capture. I wanted to capture the light on Mt Lyell, as well as the colour of the clouds. Had just wandered out to the front verandah, and was not wearing any shoes, so I did not want to walk down my path to a spot where I can get a clean shot of Lyell, and instead chose to stay on the verandah and try to shoot above the power lines across the street.
The result was that Mt Lyell had a very soft focus, and was way too far down in the frame, caught in semi darkness, and the cloud dominated the shot. The soft focus, almost out of focus, mountain killed the shot for me, as well as the framing.