I’ve always really liked this picture of a sunflower

Taken with my iPhone 4 and edited in Cross Process.
Taken with my iPhone 4 and edited in Cross Process.

I took this picture a few years ago and I’ve always really liked how it came out. I took it using my iPhone 4 and edited the shot with an app called Cross Process. This is the street I used to live on in Petaluma before Cassidy and I moved up to Seattle. I had just left the house to walk somewhere and saw this sunflower leaning out over the sidewalk. It reminded me of a weeping willow in how it leaned over. So, I stopped, pulled out my phone and snapped the shot. Later on I ran it through the Cross Process app and got this photo.

Ever since I have always really liked how it came out. The color, focus, and how the shot is framed all really speak to me. All of this from a shot that I just quickly snapped on the camera that I had with me. There wasn’t any planning involved. It reminds me of how the only thing that matters in photography is taking the shot. It is the mark of a good photographer to see something and know that it should be captured.

I’m not saying this is the most fantastic photo ever taken, but I think it is a good example of how it’s the random shots that can be the most compelling. Do you have any randomly taken photos that are your favorite?

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