Photos we wish we could Retake


Storytelling / Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Photos we wish we could Retake Act 1: Me (clapperboard sound)

I had been wanting to try hitchhiking for a long time, and finally a month ago I finally did it! It was an amazing experience, although a short one, and I’m sure I will have many stories to share in the future.

So, as it was my first time hitchhiking, I really wanted to capture this memory in a photo. Then my friend Jose was kind enough to take a picture of me on the road; a classic one with my thumb up… What could go wrong? Well, my face. I really loved the capture, the vibes, and the style, but when looking at my face I’m like “Whyyy??” Haha! 

Then I thought of all those times when we captured a moment that we really loved and enjoyed, attempting to pass the scene exactly as it is through the lens… ending up to hate the result!  It can be frustrating, it can be funny… so I asked some travel bloggers to share with me their worst-favorite captures. “Photos that we wish we could retake”! Well, this I present to you…

Photos we wish we could Retake

Photos we wish we could Retake Act 2: Wanderer of the World (clapperboard sound)

This is an attempt at a ‘selfie’ my other half and I took last year when overlooking the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

As a photo, I love it! My other half and I are both smiling naturally, our hair looks okay, we’ve actually managed to get the bridge in the photo… all good stuff.

But… there are two VERY wrong things with it that I just wish we could do over.

First, the photo is blue. You might be wondering how that happened, and we still don’t get it completely ourselves. All I can tell you is that this was taken with a mobile phone, which had a blue case. We’ve tried to edit the photo, but hey, we’re Photoshop newbies! Culprit of blue photo: found. Answers to various questions on how to fix it: not found.

And second, I just hate the fact that I’m wearing sunglasses in it and yet my other half isn’t. To my OCD brain, this is very untidy and unbalanced! It’s a small thing, but sadly grates on me every time I look at it.

So yeah, I guess another trip to San Francisco is on the cards, with the hope that a decent ‘Golden Gate Bridge Selfie’ will be more achievable next time… doh!

Photos we wish we could Retake

Photos we wish we could Retake Act 3: Footsteps of a Dreamer (clapperboard sound)

When I was in Japan, some friends and I decided to take a day trip to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo. We tried SO HARD to get a good “jumping” picture in front of Mt. Fuji.

I can’t even tell you how many times we attempted this. In every picture we took, without fail, there was somebody who wasn’t in the air. When counting down to jump, we couldn’t figure out whether to go “on 3” or “after 3” and undoubtedly somebody also ended up confused. Oh well.

Photos we wish we could Retake Act 4: She’s a Trip (clapperboard sound)

I can’t believe I’m putting this photo out there on the internet, but oh well.

So, the Pentagon has SUPER tight security, right? Like men with machine guns just casually strolling around kind of tight. There are HUGE signs everywhere, even out in the parking lot, that say “NO PHOTOS.” And based on the atmosphere there, I took that to basically mean under penalty of death.
BUT, I still realllly wanted a photo with the building, cause pics or it didn’t happen right? So, on the side of the building with the 9/11 Memorial, you CAN take photos, but I was still so self-conscious about the rules in other parts AND trying to be respectful of the crash site that I took approximately .0000001 seconds to take a picture and ended up with this monstrosity before literally sprinting back to the metro.
A girl running across the Pentagon parking lot. Sure. Not suspicious at all.
Photos we wish we could Retake

Photos we wish we could Retake Act 5: Wandertoes (you guessed it)

While I think this photo sort of speaks for itself, let me tell you the story…
My husband and I had taken our young teen daughters on their first international trip in 2015 and we were having a wonderful family time exploring London, and then Paris.  While we were in Paris, we were taking those iconic photos of each other in front of the Louvre Pyramid: 

The two girls smiling beautifully at the camera with the pyramid behind them.  The two girls laughingly attempting to frame the pyramid in the heart they were creating with their arms.  Hubby and I grinning at the camera as we sit on the edge of the pyramid fountain.  We were laughing and having fun, and hubby and I looked at each other, spontaneously kissing. So idyllic!  So romantic!  I mean, I always want to remember this afternoon!  And our older daughter gets the shot.  Perfect.

In the glare of the day seeing that little screen can be hard, and when I quickly looked at the photo it looked framed up ok. So we moved on.  … Yeah.  The dude butt-bombing us was gathering coins out of the fountain!  Ugh!  It has become somewhat of a family favorite photo, classic in its own way.  But it’s not at all what I was imagining we were getting!

Photos we wish we could Retake
Now, what about you? Any photos you wish you could retake?

14 Replies to “Photos we wish we could Retake”

  1. That last photo absolutely cracked me up!! This is such a fun idea for a blog post! We all have those photos that went horribly wrong for some reason. I actually love your hitchhiking photo though and don’t think your face looks weird, if that’s any consolation!

  2. OMG. The Louvre pyramid is the winner! Hahaha. I don’t take too many photos of myself, but when I get home after a trip, sometimes I wish I spent an extra 5 minute or tried a different angle on some photos. And for a few cities I got that chance again. Also looking back on what I produce now in terms of photos and what I used to do a few years back… man I want to revisit some places, because my photography sucked to bad I do no justice!

  3. These are too funny! Especially that last one! I definitely have my fair share of photos I’d like to retake as I’m sure most bloggers and travelers do 😉 Such a fun post!

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