Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/04/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Capa and the Wide Angle Lens
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 07:35:38 -0500

At 09:23 AM 4/6/99 +0200, you wrote:
>Each lens has itīs
>personality, itīs strong and itīs weak sides. And with a certain lens
>your picture will have  a certain "speach". All the rest is the
>interpretation of the photographer. At the end it is you who desides who
>to take a pic and which tool to use.

While this is true, after seeing the work of many, many amateurs, and not a 
few pros, actually, what Capa says is good advice. Many people just don't 
get close enough to their subjects. They also don't use near-far 
relationships well, they put things in the middle of the frame too much. 
The list goes on.

It's not terribly hard to understand. They just don't have the experience, 
or talent, or something, that makes their pictures look like, well, the 
best out there. That's OK. But if they don't listen to the advice of people 
who do know - among them is Capa - then their work won't improve. A very 
few with great natural talent don't have to. But most do. This is not an 
easy art/craft.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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