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Capturing Reality I

The Things That Matter

With the possibility of a rare exception, it is not possible. Why?

There is almost nothing of the real scene that can be captured the way you would experience it standing in front of it.

1. Sunlight is far brighter than any gallery lighting by about a factor of 10,000.

2. The range of color the eye can see is beyond the limits of all cameras and printers.

3. The resolution of detail is difficult to match..

4. The third dimension is missing.

5. The size of the original scene is too large except for macro photographs.

So I will begin the illustration by showing something of an an exception.

Maple Keys

I had wished to show the way a maple tree’s buds burst into bloom, and I got lucky (again). During a spring storm, a tree branch fell into my driveway and was at the exact height to make it convenient to photograph. So a print of more than life size was possible and, because I could bring my camera as close as I wished (and I had an excellent lens and fine grain, high resolution 4" x 5" film) it seems extraordinarily real and looking at such a close distance issues of scale become less important. Also, when the reproduction has very high sharpness it imparts a sense of three dimensions.

Capturing Reality II

A Ghange Of Scale

Below is the image Sunrise on Budding MapleTrees After Rain at the Weston Overlook on the Pike. The images below are crops from the first image. The crops, reproduced at a full 50" wide begin to have some of the impact of the real thing.

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