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Re: Resolution and print quality

For my taste <vbg> I always thought that part of the reason for going big was
not just being able to view from a distance (like billboards), but also to
reveal more when viewing up close.

And yes, that painting does break into 'blobs  and streaks' when viewed very
closely, but that is part of the joy of viewing it close up, as well.  Go to any
museum and watch people (not just critics) view paintings, they view them at
several distances.....And I maintain that the same should be true for photos,
including those printed on inkjet machinery.  But again, my opinion, no more
valid than anybody else's.  :-)

Harvey Ferdschneider
partner, SKID Photography, NYC

> Harvey,
> I agree that taste plays a large part in deciding how much to sharpen an
> image (just as it does in all other aspects of art).
> However, in deciding how much to sharpen an image, one consideration that is
> not mentioned very frequently is the viewing distance. If an image is to be
> viewed from 10-20 feet away, it will withstand and need (in my opinion) more
> sharpening than one that is to be viewed from 6 inches.
> This then leads to a common problem. Pictures that are meant to be viewed
> from a distance are peered at by critics with reading glasses and loupes and
> pronounced to have shortcomings that they don't have if viewed from the
> distance that the creator intended.
> I have a large painting of a waterfall; if viewed from close-up, it just
> looks like a mass of strange blobs and streaks of paint. But go to the other
> side of the room, and all those strange blobs and streaks become
> indistinguishable; they just merge into one glorious image.
> Surely it is the same with sharpening; halos or grittiness that is visible
> at a foot, just isn't visible at 10-20 feet, but can improve the image
> considerably when viewed at that distance.
> Bob Frost.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "SKID Photography" <skid@bway.net>
> >
> > And again, I find that photographers get seduced by sharpening producing a
> > grainier less photographic results in the process.  In fact, at the Photo
> Expo
> > last Fall, I found 90% of Epson's display prints objectionably over
> sharpened.
> >
> > There is no accounting for taste though....Yours, or mine.  ;-)

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