Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/11/06

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Subject: [Leica] PESO: sharpness is a bourgeois concept
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:43:36 +0100
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Thanks, Frank. Your viewpoint is very valid, and certainly when I photograph 
a landscape or some other non-moving scene, I share it. And as I said, I 
certainly would have liked this image to be sharper too. But on the other 
hand, and without comparing myself to Him, many of HCB's images are not 
sharp at all when you see them in real life. Anyway, I am happy Lynn is 
pleased :-)


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Nov 6, 2012, at 9:12 PM, Frank Filippone wrote:

> A Different point of view......
> I like Nathan's image.  It has character, mystique, etc.
> In my world, and YMMV, if it is not sharp, it gets tossed.  First pass.  I
> don't care what the subject, what the feeling, etc.  Not sharp = Out.
> I did some IR pictures with my M8 a while back... that look of softness,
> foggy softness, bothered me a lot.  I did keep the images, but they bother
> me because they are not tack sharp. 
> I know in this Group, sharpness is not always esteemed as being the #1
> criteria, and so be it.  Your photos are yours.  Mine are mine.  We agree 
> to
> have differing
> criteria of acceptance.
> Yes, if the shutter button is not pressed, the image is nonexistent.
> But sometimes, existent images should not .... exist.
> My opinion... and nothing to do with Nathan's shot....
> Frank Filippone
> Red735i at
> The lesson? Maybe none, but I think it is something along the lines of 
> "just
> take the damn picture"!
> Cheers,
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