Strange elements in pictures are ok sometimes. Stray elements almost never. But what if you can’t do anything about a stray element that is in an otherwise decent shot? Should you leave it or delete it from your hard drive? Here’s an example of what I mean.
This was a grab-shot done from a bridge with a guardrail with a deep snowbank on this side and a huge snowdrift on the other. Moving that branch was impossible and now that I’ve noticed it, I’ve focused on it and I can’t stop looking at it. I ignore the whole rest of the scene because of it. But did I notice it right away or did it take me a few views? Bah.
I hate stuff like this. Makes me squiggle-eyed. I know I should have seen it when I took this, but I didn’t and even if I did, I’m not sure I could have gotten a better angle. But maybe it’s ok. Maybe it adds a touch of realism and therefore legitimacy to the image. If I were a Photoshop expert, no doubt I could get rid of it somehow and have a nice, clean, sanitized image with more cohesiveness. Maybe I should learn, or maybe I should make peace with perfection and like it the way it is.