I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Alleg1
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Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...
In reply to Great Bustard, May 25, 2013

Great Bustard wrote:

...based on this post:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51516317

Particularly, this paragraph, and particularly the portion I highlighted in bold:

I had a recent (very successful!) gallery show of prints up to 20"x30" from the E-3. Got many comments about how "natural" the prints looked. Several people said they didn't realize at first they were photographs. They used terms such as "relaxed, smooth and inviting" to describe them. Several, including other photographers, thought they were from film, though the photographers said they were puzzled by the lack of film grain. They were surprised to hear they were digital. Several, including buyers, said they generally don't like prints from digital cameras because they are too "self-conscious" in that they have too much unnecessary detail, too obviously photographic, and too unpleasant to live with on the wall, even if initially striking.

What do people think?  It's a very interesting observation, in my opinion.

Apologies if I'm repeating other comments, I've not read all of the previous posts,

but in my opinion,  what may appeal about traditional  prints from film is that they do seem to be a little softer/smoother than those from digital sources.

As you and others have suggested, digital images can appear "artificial" especially if oversharpened, which many seem to be.

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