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

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ron Poelman
Ron Poelman Veteran Member • Posts: 6,970
I think it has less to do with softness ...

than the excellent word used, smooth.
Visually, I am happier with the "look" of recent shots, using older Minolta lenses,
than their more modern equivalents, right down to the softness on the edges
quietly drawing attention to the main subject.
Technically backwards, but the final product just works better.
If my Sony cam is a relentless marvel of ruthless technical excellence in accuracy
and my Minolta lens is a flavoured product from a company developed over decades,
why would it not produce something more than the sum of the parts ?
It's not far removed from picking the right film stock for your SLR, all those years ago.
Software has gone backwards too,
IMHO most sharpening software still doesn't cut it.
Nothing I have tried recently deals with surfaces and edges as well as
the old Raw Shooter Essentials, now long gone.
It at least could preserve some subtlety of form,
the newer ones are still too obvious and not "smooth".

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