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Portrait of Lorien
Posted By: Ken Pimontel, 01-18-2016, 03:33 PM

Portrait of Lorien by Ken Pimontel
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01-19-2016, 11:21 AM   #16
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But you know me, a lovely portrait of a lady -- gets me every time.
Aye, preferably in some form of "disrobement" with you.

01-19-2016, 12:34 PM   #17
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Super nice portrait.

I don't mind the softness. Having things tack sharp is way overrated, imo, especially in portraiture.
With today's fancy auto focus cameras it is trivial to get sharp eyes than with say a manual focus film cameras at wide aperture. So the expectation is higher, I feel. Even in the days of large format where shooting a 300mm lens at close range gave you super shallow DOF you could get sharp eyes.

I think my shot here would not have worked as well with out of focus eyes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
With today's fancy auto focus cameras it is trivial to get sharp eyes than with say a manual focus film cameras at wide aperture. So the expectation is higher, I feel. Even in the days of large format where shooting a 300mm lens at close range gave you super shallow DOF you could get sharp eyes.

I think my shot here would not have worked as well with out of focus eyes.

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I guess what I'm saying is, trivial or not, it's not necessary or sometimes even desirable/superior.

I think your shot is great; the tack sharp eyes totally work. But it's perfectly valid for a portrait to be soft, a little motion blurred, whatever. Whether it's stronger or weaker is subjective, and I think there's a tendency to overlook the whole because of a miss focus or other imperfection in a part.
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I guess what I'm saying is, trivial or not, it's not necessary or sometimes even desirable/superior.
Thanks. Sure, I hear you on that. That's why I still liked the first shot over the second. Other factors were more important.

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