What did we ever do before megapixels? However, cutting my teeth on Tri-X and self development, megapixels are sure nice. No more shooting pictures, thinking your settings are correct, only to find out you were wrong and blew the picture......man I hated that feeling. Now, does not look right, delete and shoot again.
What did we do before megapixels? We let failure and experience sharpen our craft.
I don't mean that as a slam to the digital process, but I've seen far too many people sledgehammer their way into half-good pictures with burst modes and HDR to not address my concern at the tactic. I agree that it's good to be able to delete something and try again, but I value my film-based failures in the same way that I value the mistakes I make in the shop and the garage. Fundamentally, artistic frustration is no different than the disappointment I felt at seeing the painted finish of the deck turn out about half as well as I'd prefer...yet by making the mistake I learned more than would have been possible had I been able to immediately erase my mistake and start over. It is for this reason that mistakes are so much more valuable than successes; when we royally f*** things up the lessons most certainly sink in.
Now, does this mean that the "Delete" button has no place? Certainly not. However - like every other action in the world - it has a proper method of employment...and if the method is to erase a perceived mistake I am concerned; again, had I been able to effortlessly delete painting errors and tack welds and misplaced holes I would have learned far less than I did, and my abilities as a fabricator - though still in their infancy - would be insignificant in comparison to their present state.
Mistakes are good, my friend.
Well deserved, well deserved. You are an inspiration sir! Back to the updates!
My appreciation is again extended...however, I agree: time for more updates. I'm planning to write up a few retrospectives on the in-depth process of the deck construction...after The Mysterious and Suspiciously-Named Girly Things Kit is FINALLY posted, that is.