Mike Ganz wrote:
Finally got to the Tetons last week and made a point to use several alt lenses that I took along (Oly 21, Oly 24, Leica 35) in addition to my standard Canon AF zooms. These two pics were taken with the Leica, and the lens is everything that I hoped it would be. Very sharp, excellent edge to edge, etc. Had to toss a few out, however...I didn't have my 49mm WA adapter for the Lee grad holder, so had to hand hold the filters...managed to get some good shots of my fingertips in the process. Still have a...Show more →
Beautiful shots Mike - I love the compositions, with foreground leading the eye into the background, and the colours are delicious. There is a fly in the ointment for me though, which is this: for some reason the pictures seem to entirely lack either microcontrast, or 3D effect, or some quality which makes one feel one is actually there. I feel like I am looking at a pair of beautifully printed posters, rather than the scene itself. It's hard to say why I feel that, but if you look at the edges where the foreground trees in the lower shot stand in front of the background... they don't. There seems to be nothing separating those foreground branches from the background - no edge sharpness, no cut-out. As a result, it looks perfectly 2D, and that quality covers both images, to the extent that I get no sense of depth from the images at all, which for me is a shame, because the depth of the images ought to be central to their composition and presence. I probably haven't explained myself very well, and it may be that a different sharpening approach would fix my gripe. Perhaps it's only me. I hope you don't mind me discussing this subtle, and for many people, irrelevant, shortcoming in what are altogether two beautifully taken images.