chauncey wrote in post #17244007
when you visit an Art Show, do you not evaluate that photograph at a distance, and then...put your nose up close. I do!
No, not at all. I evaluate it based on composition, lighting, aesthetic qualities and, above all, what the image says to me. Does it tell a story? Provoke thought? Does it bring out an emotional response in me? Has it captured the moment?
Those are the important things I look for in an image, I see no reason to peer closely at a tiny section of it from a couple of inches away and think "ooh, it's wonderfully sharp" or "oh, it's very slightly soft up close, that's a shame, I thought it was a really lovely image", that is unimportant. Photography is all about creating an interesting image, not a technical exercise in who can produce the best quality sharpness.
chauncey wrote in post #17244533
.wouldn't you, as a photographer, buying a print/or even printing your own,
get up close and personal with that print before hanging it on your wall?
I hang a print on my wall because I have an emotional reaction to the image, the picture speaks to me and I love it as a picture. I don't need to examine it in minute detail and reject it if it isn't flawlessly sharp from two inches away.
I see a lot of amazing images that are not technically perfect, and a lot of technically perfect ones which are boring and uninteresting because the photographer has been concerned about making a technically perfect picture, rather than capturing the moment and the emotion in a scene.
I submit images, both in digital and print form for local and national exhibitions. If you want to get acceptances into major exhibitions then absolute technical quality means very little, as judges do not peer closely at the prints. The prints are placed on a lit stand a few feet in front of the judging panel and they score it in about 3 or 4 seconds, then the next print gets its 3-4 seconds of viewing time. The scores are based purely on impact and the ability to grab the attention, if enough judges reaction is an immediate "ooh, that's good" then it makes it into the exhibition. They have to do it that way as they can have several thousand images to view in the one day the panel sits. They certainly have no time to peer at every print at nose length and examine it in detail, but that doesn't matter as it isn't flawless sharpness that makes an image great.