What is, seeing, and what is not


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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What is, seeing, and what is not

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I know a builder who, in a previous life, won a contract to work on a tall building because he thought of using scaffolding hung from the top of the building, instead of built up from the ground. (Vertical) lateral thinking.

The ability to see clearly in a complex situation is valuable: you can identify what to worry about, what to control – and what you can let go of.

Aesthetically, seeing ‘clearly’ may mean being able to appreciate shapes without getting distracted by colour – and huts knowing that a monochrome image will work while colour will confuse the viewer.

Technically, it can be a question of realising that the shutter speed doesn’t matter if the main light source is an electronic flash with a duration of 1/1000 second. And that if the ambient light increases, that will change…

Or it might be understanding that seeking perfection is relative – how sharp can something look on a screen less than 2,000 pixels wide? How often do you print anything to A3+ (mind you, a sharp print that size is awesome to view).

I have a memory of a few years ago when a camera shop assistant pointed out that owners of EOS 5D SR bodies needed Sigma lenses to exploit their sensors. I wonder how many owners know that, or care?

So – have you got any planks in your eye, to use a slightly odd phrase from the King James Bible? What are you viewing through conventional lenses, where are you missing the point?

And if you have any thoughts on where I might be missing it, please let me know…

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nellacphoto Avatar
3 Aug 2020 9:24AM
Actually I mostly print A2
Love my Epson 3880
I have printed several from Venice Carnival (and even sold some!)
And you're right ... they do look awesome
Colin Smile
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3 Aug 2020 10:50AM
Even more awesome than my A3+ - but the continuous feed inks from PermaJet are some compensation for lesser size...
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3 Aug 2020 11:40AM

Quote:Even more awesome than my A3+ - but the continuous feed inks from PermaJet are some compensation for lesser size...

Ah ... yes ... please don't mention the cost of the 8 x 80 ml colour cartridges!

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3 Aug 2020 12:19PM
PaulCox Avatar
4 Aug 2020 10:28AM
Before I retired I used to lecture AutoCad, and had access to an A0 plotter, so one evening I managed to print/plot a couple of very large prints, the only problem was the images were from what at the time was a super duper 4 mega pixel camera, if only I had access to the plotter these days when we are looking at much better images. My point is that what the plotter produced then some 12 years ago was however spectacular. Paul
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4 Aug 2020 1:08PM
AutoCad - is that Terry-Thomas in Monte Carlo or Bust?
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4 Aug 2020 1:31PM
AutoCad - is that Terry-Thomas in Monte Carlo or Bust?


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