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05/07/2020 05:38:37 AM · #1
I noticed in past challenges lately that some photographers over sharpen their landscape images, some get it just right and others are slightly soft.

I would prefer a landscape to be on the soft side rather than over sharpened, to me an over sharpened landscape totally ruins the beauty of it all.

What do you prefer - just curious?
05/07/2020 08:34:18 AM · #2
In general, a truly "soft" image where the level of detail is less than could be presented, is a killer. There are some images where this is done by intent and it works well, but in general, no. On the opposite end, where there are sharpening halos, and very "crunchy" detail, it again detracts from the image to a great extent, and I can't really think of an intentional use of this that works artistically.
As camera resolutions (and screen resolutions, and DPC resolution) have increased, the latter is less of a problem. I can certainly tell when voting, who are the photogs that understand how to sharpen and resize without falling afoul of over-sharpening, or of leaving detail on the processing "table." It's a bit of an art.

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05/07/2020 11:10:44 AM · #3
As the recent recipient of a comment about this I've noticed that the image as displayed on the DPC voting page can look noticeably different (sharper, "crunchier") than what I see in Photoshop, even when viewed at 100%. When I get home I'll try to post an unsharpened version for comparison.
05/07/2020 12:09:14 PM · #4
Definitely depends where I'm viewing the image.
Can't stand soft images on my home machine. They drive me nuts. I want details.
The native resolution of my monitor is 3840 x 2160 with a contrast ratio of 130000:1.
I also use the addon Dark Background with Light Text for nearly every website, this one included.
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