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Great stiginthedump 2006-10-18 11:54

This is a good example of a quiet country street, but fairly rundown (even derelict). I think that the photo needs a llttle more contrast (more pop) and some extra sharpening. I've noticed in your past photos that they all seem rather soft. Do you do much processing in a photo editing program?


Old 10-19-2006, 03:36 AM
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Default To stiginthedump: reply to photo editing program
This is in response to your comment about sharpening issues with my photos:

I'm stuborn and uninterested in using photo editing for anything more than brightness/ contrast issues. My images are scanned with a flat bed scanner fixed with a transparency light source. The scans are, as a result not ideal, all a bit softer than they should be.

I agree that what you have done with other another image through sharpening is effective in making it a more clear photo. I think that more people would enjoy looking at that photo than the original. But it also brings to it an artificial feel that I personally do not feel comfortable with. It almost looks like to me like a lithograph or something.

In terms of contrast and "pop", I think that an edited photo would also be a nice photo, but I remember this scene, on an overcast day, already in the late afternoon as being very...well, very much the way I have tried to dipict it in the photo. It was a dull, dark, misty afternoon.

I'm scouting used darkroom equipment here in Seoul and will be setting up a darkroom in January. Then, after that, if I'm scanning, I'll be scanning prints, and the results might bring about the sharpness that is currently lacking. We'll see.

I have had negatives professionally scanned, coming away with huge 30M TIFF documents. Those printed beautifully, but they still did not compare with a hand printed photo.

Thanks for the advice.
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