This is a photo of some seedlings that I have in my greenhouse.
This is another photo of the same seedlings. There is nothing wrong with the second photo. It’s perfectly fine. It’s in focus and has some good colour. But… it’s nothing special.
The first photo has a special quality to it. The angle is lower, the light makes it come alive, and the low depth of field makes it almost magical.
Who doesn’t need a bit of magic in their lives? Think about the shot, wait for the right light, add a bit of water if you like, and choose an interesting angle. The photo will always be better. Guaranteed.
It doesn’t always work out like that. Sometimes I just need to take the photo and be done. Sometimes the day is a bit dreary and I can do nothing about it. But if I can, I always go for the first shot. It just makes things a little nicer.