I once read that Steve Miller is a fan of first and second takes. Many musicians are. There's an immediacy and vibrancy that just isn't there on the 26th take. The execution may be closer to perfect by then but the energy just won't be there. There's a story about Hendrix doing umpteen takes of a song only to end up with the first or second on the album.
I think there's a similar thing going on with photos. Today I took several coffee photos. I used the second one. Go figure.
EDIT: musician's replaced by musicians