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Monday, 06 October 2014

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"I really do wish that everyone who reads here could see all of our prints in person, even if they aren't buying. Can't wait to get your comments."

Hm. Traveling exhibition? TOP readers in various locations help arrange places. Maybe funded in part by additional print sales generated.

(Ok, as soon as I think this through, I'll trip on the thousand-and-a-half reasons it won't work, such as availability of the prints, but...)

"which depends for its subjective expressive power on the extraordinary resolution and crispness of digital photography"

What extraordinary resolution would that be? The one that can't even hold a candle to medium format film, much less large format, or ?... And by crispness, do you mean the usual gauche oversharpened crap that seems to be so common these days? And to think you came from a vibrant analog history and experience, ... to sell out so completely is just disappointing. How about a pure analog print sale, for a refreshing and unique experience instead?

I smell a Ming Thein ultraprint ?

" ... to sell out so completely is just disappointing. "

To sell out to what exactly? Adaptation of new technology that enables new perspectives?

I am rather keen to see what happens here. I was not quite pushed far enough by the S2 print, but I would love to see something that really pushes what one can present using a carefully worked out digital presentation.

Ed, I think you're holding back your real feelings. Go ahead, let it all out.

To sell out to what exactly? Adaptation of new technology that enables new perspectives?

Everybody knows that Real Photographers use 10×8" hand-coated wet glass plates. And wooden tripods.

Was it Mike who said he "wasn't interested in sharpness?"

Andy, I use my (wooden) 8x10 camera on wooden tripods, but I use store-bought sheet film in it. Never got bit by the wet-plate bug even though I print on hand-coated Pt/Pd paper. Compromise, compromise.

Received mine today (church). Beautiful. Love the paper; hate to frame it.

I took "extraordinary resolution and crispness" to refer to the fact that film captures look muddy and unclear after spending a while working with direct digital captures.

Resolution of course means something a bit more specific -- and of considerably less importance to human visual perception.

I don't know (and I don't care all that much) if I get more actual technical resolution in my D700 images than I could with film in 35mm. What I know is that I can make great looking prints far, far bigger than I could ever get from film in the darkroom. Some of this is definitely on the output side rather than the capture side; I get considerable benefits even working from scanned film. I'm pretty sure this is due to multiple causes, not one simple one.

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