I love the photo.
It is my most favorite photo that I have taken to date, so I decided it needed special treatment.
I had it printed by a professional-grade shop on special metallic paper, in a large, custom panoramic size, and had a mat custom cut for a nice frame. When I presented the photo to it's recipient, I received a rather lackluster response.
I suppose it goes without saying that it hurt my feelings. I had worked hard and put my heart into loving and nurturing that photo every step of the process, from capture, to post processing, to printing, to framing. I put hours into that one photograph.
I guess I should not expect everyone to appreciate photographs as much as I do. I do my best not to be resentful of the recipient because to them it's just another photo. I just don't have the heart to tell them everything that went into creating "just a photo" for them and the way I felt when it wasn't received as I anticipated.
To me, it was so much more special than I could communicate.
I've decided to have a print made for my own home, where it will be displayed prominently for all to enjoy.
Thanks for taking the time to share my little hurt. Be mindful next time someone gives you something they made, whether it be a photo, a painting, or a matching crocheted hat & scarf. Even if it's not your color, they went out of their way to make it for you. Smile and be grateful, it will go a long, long way.