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To me this post was the best illustration why the OP in his rant is wrong. Except Tim (trumpet guy) hardly any one else responded to your post Sheldon, I am really sorry to see that most people just skip your post and go on with the argument, while your picture and it's story behind it make me silent. From personal experience, having lost a child to cancer more than 20 years ago, I know what you and your family are going through. I am glad I have some of my best memories of our boy captured in photos. They are...Show more →
Not me - no skipping here. It is in my nature to read such a post and digest it, to wait a few hours before coming back to it. I imagine most other posters are the same - it registered, it wasn't skipped.
Believe me Sheldon, anyone who has lived long enough knows of such loss. Take care of each other as best you can, and go well.
I was stunned at Sheldonís photo and sat here for sometime wanting to look away, but unable to mask the overwhelming sense of human emotion, caring, and yes deep pain. Iím perhaps a bit over sensitive at the moment as I recently finished being the principal care-giver for my wifeís 92 year old father as he died. In his last few hours I was able to take few shots of him. They were at ISO 12800. No, I couldnít use flash. No, I couldnít set up a tripod. No, I couldnít alter the light that was given. Itís called respect. Those pictures provided a sense of closure and comfort to his children particularly those who didnít make it in time.
Iím utterly baffled by the OPís post and snarky responses. To me he is saying, ďIíve got a dull knife and all of you with sharper knives are just lazy cause you donít have to dig as hard.Ē Why would anyone NOT want a sharper knife?
Yes, I love the great broad light of day and spend many hours with a tripod seeking to capture some instant of its beauty. However, light lives even in the shadows, indeed without light there are no shadows to paraphrase a very wise Rabbi.
Youíve been given a multitude of reasons why greater sensitivity (which is what high ISO is) is of great value: sports, weddings, events where increasingly flash is not allowed. In my work I deal with a home FB field where even shooting at 25600 Iím still a stop or 2 slow.
One can argue that ďmaking up the lightĒ via the myriad of lighting techniques available to us is cheating. To say so would be just as absurd as denigrating those who use higher ISO. When I observe the work of Francios over at the People forum, it is ostensibly about his nudes. But, if you follow his work for a bit you realize he is actually worshiping light as it creates the human form.
Pardon me. Iím on a tirade. Iíll sit down and shut up.
Sheldon, there are no words to mask or undo the tragedy and pain that is part a parcel of the whole of human experience. If such words existed, I would extend them to your brother and his wife. Nevertheless I can only wish them godspeed and thank you for sharing such an intimate and stunning moment with us.