"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept"
Old 01-03-2016   #1
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"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept"

I thought it would be fun to see folks' favorite not particularly sharp focused shots - where the content overrides the lack of technical perfection.

A couple of mine...

Dec15_TriX_HC_FM3A_50_20 by Ben Sandler, on Flickr

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Old 01-03-2016   #2
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Old 01-03-2016   #6
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I don't think my photos are ever "sharp".
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Old 01-03-2016   #8
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right between the two
with a 28mm now that is a skill
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Old 01-03-2016   #17
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Old 01-03-2016   #18
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Helen, that lady picture is extraordinary!

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Old 01-03-2016   #21
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Old 01-03-2016   #23
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There's a fine line between when something looks 'evocatively unsharp' and when it looks like 'a mistake'/technical incompetence. Lots of positive examples here.

I do tend to have a firm expectation of what i want an image to be as I snap it, and I probably discard/disregard my own images when I don't get that expected result. This thread is good for teaching us to keep our minds open to 'the failures.'
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Old 01-03-2016   #25
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Some very attractive, thought provoking images in this thread
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Old 01-03-2016   #26
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Old 01-03-2016   #27
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'I lost myself at be sharp, that's the same as going to sea'.
That's from a sea chantey I wrote back in 1980. Upper class and the poor musician will get it.
Bourgeois? I don't get the connection.
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Love Ya , Thank You Petronius and Harry
Me Adored that photo too... My present avatar is also with the noctilux
It was done at a Parisien Bistro here in NYC
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I would not say sharpness is a bourgeoisie concept. It is more a false narrative.
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Robert, in the first shot could that be Gollum fishing in his lake?
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Sharpness is a bourgeois concept, yes, if you happen to be Cartier Bresson who could pull it off. Mere mortals should strive for good focus.
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