I must have heard that expression ‘if it is worth doing it is worth doing right’ a hundred times during my youth. As a kid I recoiled at the very idea of doing anything over again and yet I remember as an adult when the light switched on in my head. Oh yeah ….it is worth doing over.
Today I reminded again as I hobbled down the 13 stairs to the basement to shoot my latest work, Currents #17. I had a little issue with the tripod in that someone had again tightened the adjustment knobs to within an inch of his life. This time I decided to budge them before I screwed the camera on, which was prudent. However, I missed the mark on what was level and this was the result.
While shooting I neglected to notice in the viewfinder that the image was askew.
I hobbled back upstairs, downloaded the images, resized in PSE. As I cropped I could see it was not a straight shot, but instead of questioning the level of the tripod, I assumed I had sewn the sleeve on askew.
Thankfully I did not immediately remove said sleeve but decided instead to hobble downstairs one more time and re-shoot the piece. ‘if it is worth doing it is worth doing right’ This time I would use a T-pin if necessary to level the work on the wall and then re-sew the sleeve later.
After tweaking the tripod some more, imagine my surprise when I took a level shot. I shot 3 more just to make sure before I hobbled back upstairs to take a look. Perfection!
So the lesson learned was while the sleeve would have been worth re-doing, in reality it was only the tripod which had to be re-done!
On to the next task…