Valuable Pictures Always Need Word Descriptions

In an earlier blog we chatted about the value of having word descriptions being very poor in describing a person, an item or maybe a good view.  This time, I want to stress that good pictures to go with the word description is just as important.  Just how would you describe a great sunset to someone that has never seen one?  Maybe a waterfall tumbling down the side of a hill from a deep cut in the high rocks above?  Think a little deeper and give an adequate description of a special business or an event, and do it without a picture?

Let me give you an example.  What do the pictures below mean to you?  The coffee cup painted on the window is a nice clue, maybe a restaurant or coffee shop of some sort – but is it enough?  The second picture below clears up some of the mystery, but it’s still not enough – agreed ?  DSCF0707


In that picture, the “T” in “Biscuits” is a good clue that says it’s probably somewhere in Arizona, but ——-  You did notice that, didn’t you ???

Well, let’s add to it.



The old wagon with this lovely mural painted on the side is a great hint, but if you haven’t been there before, it still doesn’t tell you very much except to peak the curiosity a little.  This picture on the side of the truck gives you the phone number, so you have enough information to track the restaurant down, but if this were an ad, it would still be a total failure if you didn’t live here.  Do you really think that someone living in Philadelphia would know where the area code “520” would be ?

 My point is that the pictures are telling you a very big overall picture of a specific subject, but you still don’t have an answer.  You need the city (Tucson, Arizona), the area (East) and some kind of a specific landmark to have a total picture.  The complete address would narrow it down specifically, but to those of you that know it’s Tucson, it’s in the middle of a strip mall on the south-west corner of Kolb and Broadway in East Tucson, that pretty well nails it.

Now, all you need is a quick description of the food, and you have all the information you need, but it does take both the word picture and the actual pictures as well.  I can vouch for the food – it’s about as close to home cooking as you can get.  Admittedly I have not had every item on the menu, (and I don’t intend to), but I do know what I like.

I’m one of those folks that really enjoy having a word picture along with a camera picture to complete the memory.  It’s been said that a “picture is worth a thousand words”, and I believe it’s true, but I also believe the words along with the picture are just as important – especially for later generations.  If you’re creating memories, use a little common sense and complete the picture before you quit.

 Take multiples of pictures but not with the same pose.  Take a couple shots – then you move a couple steps left and take more.  Go a few steps in the other direction and get some more shots.  Experiment with angles, distance, and light.  Back up a little from the subject and use the telephoto in your experiments.  You’ll end up with 15 pictures or so, maybe more, but take my word for it, it will be well worth it as you’ll get one or two shots that give you want you want.

Never try to edit with your camera, you stand to lose a prize winning shot if you drop the picture without putting it in your computer first.  Edit from the computer, never from the camera.  Keep the best – dump the rest.

 All pictures above are with a(Fuji FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera)


About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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