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Holley and the Tuscan Lens ...
Old 09-06-2007, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I always like to play with new PS techniques. So tonight I was trying out a new idea called the Tuscan Lens which was described in Rangefinder by Eddie Tapp. Here is a version of it with Holley:

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Here is a link to the article from Rangefinder:

http://www.rangefindermag.com/magazine/Sep07/152.pdf

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Re: Holley and the Tuscan Lens ...
Old 09-06-2007, 07:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I trust you'll take this comment in the spirit intended - not as a criticism, but only as an observation.

It looks "unnatural" to me.

I'm probably about your age. But I probably don't look at as many images as you, and certainly haven't been shooting or processing as many as you in the past five years or so. Consequently, I tend to have what might be kindly termed a "classic" frame of reference about images. Some manipulations - those mimicking traditional optical effects - my eyes and brain accept as natural. Others - like this - seem "unnatural", even "unreal."

I'm not saying this as a criticism of your image, actually, but as a realization that I'm limiting myself because of my preconceptions about what's "natural" in an image. What you've done with the PS "Tuscan Lens" technique is no more than what could have been achieved with judicious use of Vaseline and a clear filter. But it would have required a great deal of patience and probably a view camera to apply the Vaseline so precisely.

Interesting. Got me thinking. Ouch - that hurts!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not my cup of tea either. In fact, it makes me dizzy! I'm an old fart also. -Jim
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm going to have to cast my vote with the 'nays' also. The effect looks too overdone and does not have enough gradient to it to suit my tastes. The transition from focused to unfocused (blurred) is too rapid.

Good photo, and great model though.

Thanks for posting and for trying out new things for us to look at!

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Hey...while you play with the lens a bit more, can you send me that model please??
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