Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

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thayes15 Regular Member • Posts: 369
Re: GXR-M blast from past

Tom Caldwell wrote:

thayes15 wrote:

Tom Caldwell wrote:

Ricoh GXR-M unknown lens

This was taken in Djakarta in the middle a sudden huge thunderstorm from a moving vehicle. No post processing. Hardly sharp, but I think the image is worthwhile for the moment it has captured.

Completely beautiful. Well done.

Thanks, it was both sudden and very wet.

I have just a few others taken at the same time as much softness from inside a moving vehicle as by the intensity of the rain. I think its lack of sharpness might convey the actual situation as I doubt even the best eyesight might have been much sharper.

So this takes the philosphy of images one step further - do we demand lens capability to actually improve on reality? Do we require that humans struggling in heavy rain under strorm darkened skies look precise and real under these circumstances?

I think that it might have been possible to do better, but the moment and the empathy might have been lost by the precision of the replication.

Yes it sounds strange but this image looks more ethereal than reality and therefore somehow more romantic even though there's a struggle going on. A sharp image would simply kill this emotion when viewing this image. It would also kill its beauty. It's the case for all images and technical precision is required most of the time but this is an impressionist painting, not a facsimile

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