Down Bar and Lounge offers a Peach Martini at the lounge in downtown Dallas on Wednesday, September 15, 2004.
Mark M. Hancock / © The Dallas Morning News
I still like this image, but I'm posting it as a mistake example. This mistake could have easily been fixed in Photo Shop, but moving pixels is unethical, so I'm stuck with my mistake. It ran small, so I doubt anyone noticed. It's nothing to wake me at night, but it's like a fish that got off the hook. It's a "dagnabit" moment.
I used napkins to hold the peaches in position. From a 200mm angle, the napkin behind the peach half on the right wasn't visible. However, when I switched to a 50mm and moved closer, it showed up. I was worried about balancing everything in place (the glass had already slipped once). Simply stated, I got sloppy and didn't notice it at the time. This wasn't one of my selected images (because of the napkin), but the editor preferred this angle/lens/light combination.
So, this is an example of the importance of paying attention to the smallest details - even when there are bigger issues. Eventually, someone else will choose an image a PJ may not prefer. The PJ's mistake has his/her name attached to it, and the PJ must live with it. We try to learn from our mistakes. In this case, everyone can learn from my mistake.
Enough for now,