Sharpness is a bourgeois concept?

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by gzhuang, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Eric Rose

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    It's all bourgeois BS. Just do what you enjoy and don't look to others for validation. If others like it and want to buy it, great take their money, if they don't who cares.
     
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    Without wishing to critique that work, it suggests to me that the pipe brackets in the foreground have some aesthetic or technical importance the rest of the machinery does not. If you look at old technical manuals, they often employed a technique of bleaching out the background to emphasise a specific detail in an otherwise complex picture. As a teaching aid, wide aperture photography may have a role. Mostly its dew drops on spiders webs in the corner of a rusty gate. Or a detail on a fashion accessory used in advertising. Which is why I reckon its a novelty or advertising trope. I'd ignored its potential as a instructional device, but it's probably been surpassed by digital emphasis techniques.
     
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    One could likely make a substantial amount selling rocking chairs around here.
     
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    thank you eric, as usual spot on with no fluff.
     
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    That's because it's film. Any picture that takes half an hour's alchemy and another half hour in a darkened room to even see, is bound to attract words to justify the effort. Otherwise we'd be using phones and sending them to Instagram in 3 seconds flat, and attracting three letter words of approval. Like Wow.
     
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    And sharpness makes you sigh. One might conclude you are a comical curmudgeon.
    Seems a pity to diss thoughtful comment based on knowledge.
     
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    Last time I checked, neither the young nor the experienced had a monopoly on aesthetics, though I would give a nod to the young for fad and fashion.
     
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    Your picture is a good example of what I expect a lens to provide, and a good example of using a wide aperture to isolate and emphasise a part of a scene. I would not expect that performance from a pinhole, which has different virtues.
     
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    tell that to jim galli,

    he is as far from hipster ville as one could get.
    he unleashed the bokeh movement with his website about IDK 12 years ago

    the average age of people collecting and using these lenses is probably 65.
    you could probably do a poll on the large format photography forum to do the math.
     
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    My Taylor-Hobsons are squinting in disapproval.
     
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    i know what you mean !
    they can squint away at proper viewing distance
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    thanks cmoore!
     
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    Tongue in cheek re-phrasing "Dealing in absolute... always leads to disastrous results."
     
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    Bourgeois is a sharpness concept.
     
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    Discussing sharpness as a Bourgeois concept is a Bourgeois concept.
     
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    Well said!
     
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    LOL they just recycle old fads and fashions
    was told by youngin's IDK 7 years ago ripped jeans are lame
    then the same ones go buy preripped jeans
    as larcen e whipsnade said -- never give a sucker an even break
    :smile:
     
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