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Subject: [Leica] PESO: sharpness is a bourgeois concept
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012 20:17:58 +0100
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Thanks for looking and commenting, Jayanand.

I am pleased with both the picture and the thread it has sparked...we are 
actually discussing photography!


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Nov 7, 2012, at 7:54 AM, Jayanand Govindaraj wrote:

> It is a nice picture seen on screen, but I confess I am in the sharpness
> camp. I also have doubts how it would look in a decent size print.
> Sometimes, I take a blurry photograph I really like otherwise and play with
> it in Photoshop, using the more extreme painting and drawing functions, but
> not very often. I think this is a personal thing of how we would like our
> output presented, and as such, IMHO there is no right or wrong,
> irrespective of what anyone might think. (-: Nathan has posted some blurry
> ones in the past that I have quite liked - mainly because of the emotion
> conveyed, which to me, trumps aesthetics.
> This subject is rather like the long winded one on shutter lag that is
> doing the rounds on the list. Some hate it, some don't think it matters -
> so what? Just keep doing what suits you!
> Cheers
> Jayanand
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM, Nathan Wajsman <photo at 
>> I have sometimes used the above phrase in jest, but there really is
>> something to it.
>> I took this picture in Barcelona last week. The story behind the picture
>> is that our office was hosting the trademark offices from the US, Japan,
>> China and Korea for an annual meeting of the so-called TM5 group. The 
>> first
>> day of meetings, Tuesday, was followed by a walking tour of Barcelona?s 
>> old
>> city and then dinner. As we were walking out of our hotel, it was slightly
>> drizzly, so most people took umbrellas with them. Within 10 minutes the
>> drizzle turned into a very serious downpour and any thoughts of looking at
>> the old city were replaced by thought of shelter, any kind of shelter. In
>> the end we made our way to La Boquer?a, a covered food market, from where
>> we took taxis to the restaurant.
>> Along the way, I photographed a small group of our visitors being led
>> across Pla?a de Catalunya by Lynn, one of our employees:
>> Lynn absolutely loves this picture, and so do others to whom she has shown
>> it.  I am going to have it printed for her. Do I wish it were sharper? Of
>> course! But I do not believe it is particularly "damaged" by not being
>> sharp. It sort of adds to the ambience, I think--and so do lots of others,
>> apparently.
>> The lesson? Maybe none, but I think it is something along the lines of
>> "just take the damn picture"!
>> Cheers,
>> Nathan
>> Nathan Wajsman
>> Alicante, Spain
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