Diffraction Limit

Started Aug 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Detail Man
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Beware the Unique and Mysterious Prisms of Perceptual Minds ...

Great Bustard wrote:

Detail Man wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

Detail Man wrote:

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger ?
- Thomas Henry Huxley

...that some are in more danger than others.

Where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.
- Thomas Gray

From ignorance our comfort flows, the only wretched are the wise.
- Matthew Prior

Wisdom is prevented by ignorance, and delusion is the result.
- The Bhagavadgita

He that knows least commonly presumes most.
- Thomas Fuller

Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it.
- Publilius Syrus

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson

To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light.
- Benjamin Franklin

We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
- Albert Camus

The contradiction in our relation to nature is that the more vigorously we attempt to force its agreement with our own designs the more subject we are to its indifference, the more vulnerable to its unseeing forces. The more power we exercise over natural process the more powerless we become before it. (-James Carse)

Existence is the great humbler of all conscious beings. Nature remains silent in it's indifference.

Well, it is most certainly true that many are more successful than I:

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.

-Mark Twain


Detail Man wrote:

On numerous occasions I have revealed that out of every 100 shots that I take with my cameras, my average rate of what I judge to be "keepers" is 2 (2% of total shots), and my average rate of what I judge to be "gems" is 1 (1% of total shots). Independent of camera used, and experience.

Will you join me in the spirit of full disclosure and reveal your own true photographic success-rate ?

Bear in mind this sobering clue surrounding how people judge their own "IQ":

One of the main effects of illusory superiority in IQ is the Downing effect. This describes the tendency of people with a below average IQ to overestimate their IQ, and of people with an above average IQ to underestimate their IQ .

Also bear in mind this sobering clue surrounding how people judge other people's "IQ":

His studies also evidenced that the ability to accurately estimate others' IQ was proportional to one's own IQ. This means that the lower the IQ of an individual, the less capable they are of appreciating and accurately appraising others' IQ. Therefore individuals with a lower IQ are more likely to rate themselves as having a higher IQ than those around them. Conversely, people with a higher IQ, while better at appraising others' IQ overall, are still likely to rate people of similar IQ as themselves as having higher IQs .


Thus, it appears that the lower that you report your own-success rate to be, the better a photographer you are ! So, let's see who dares to claim the lowest success-rate! ...


I recall that the (IMO) most interesting photographers posting images on that forum at the time responding to the above thread-OP (from April of 2011) were our friend LTZ470 and ANAYV - both of whom report a similar high level of standards for those rare "keepers" and rarer "gems".

Capture being as engaging and challenging as it can sometimes be, how we then view, select, and "polish" interesting results significantly "shapes" the resultant images in the process, as well.

When people muse about the term "talent", my mind turns to willfull characteristics such as patience, persistance, tenacity, humility of expectations regarding yields, and care ful viewing, selecting, (cropping), and polishing of that which our electronic Cyclops machinery reports via numbers.

Particularly as a result of the living creatures that interest my camera's "eye", I humbly take zero credit for the subject-matter or lighting, and only find interesting (IMO) results when I search wide, dig deeply, select-out, (and in those few worthy cases) "lovingly polish" an occasional "gem". I am a witness, and at best a single chooser of perspectives and emphases.

DM ...

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