Technically, this photograph is far from perfect. The highlights are blown out, the focus is off, and the yellow post in the background is distracting. But you know what? I wouldn't change a thing. Would you?
Here in the West (and by that I mean Western Civilization) we tend to think of perfection as a good thing. If it was good enough for the Greeks it's good enough for us. So we, especially we men, put a high value on measuring things precisely, perfecting technique, improving our workflow, defining standards of excellence and minimizing errors.
The thing is, I'm not so sure that this quest for perfection necessary makes for good art, or even good photographs in general. Leaf through any magazine aimed at pro photographers and you'll find page after page of technically flawless work, done with some of the best equipment available, aided by a mastery of Photoshop post-production. It's about as close to "perfect" as you're likely to see. In fact, it's so perfect that it bears more resemblance to something manufactured than something made by human hand. There's often a certain sterility to it.
Now don't get my meaning all twisted: I'm not saying that photographs have to look like reality, whatever that is, or that they have to look a certain way. What I'm saying is that the perfect things in our world tend to be machine-made. Even when intended to look hand-crafted they have that look that tells you there are thousands just like it popping out a factory somewhere.
Compare that to the imperfect things in our lives. Because they are imperfect they are individual. No two are alike. Each is different in its imperfections and variations. As such, they are a better reflection of life and nature itself; a force that can create countless numbers of snowflakes with no two exactly alike, yet each in its own way "perfect."
So think twice about whether you really want or need the perfect camera, perfect lens, perfect subject, perfect anything. Maybe you'd be better off embracing the messy, funky, unpredictable imperfections of life. One thing is for sure: It's a lot easier than trying to achieve perfection.