|"Dead Tree," Taken in Greenbelt, MD, August 2010|
My print of the photograph above, "Dead Tree," is what well and truly convinced me otherwise. I was quite happy with the composition and mood of the photograph when I worked it up, with the creepy vibe from the tree stump and its dead branch reaching up like a claw. I always thought, though, that the truly vast number of individual leaves in the shot made the background look busy. When I got my 10.5" x 14" print from my printer, I was shocked at the result: The background was beautiful, adding to the picture rather than detracting from it. I suspect that the impression of busy-ness conveyed by the computer image was, in part, the result of a lot of adjacent pixels with a large difference in tone; the resulting sharp, square edges made the background look displeasing. In the print, though, more detail was resolved and the transitions between tones were less harsh, producing a smoothly detailed sea of leaves.
Although I have not yet had it printed (buying a new house and moving wreaks havoc on time, organization, and budgets), I suspect the photograph below, "Bridge Over Frozen Water," will show a similar improvement upon printing, with the busy clouds becoming smooth and appealing.
So, I'm convinced: If you want to really appreciate a picture, especially those with lots and lots of high-contrast detail, you need to see the print.
|"Bridge Over Frozen Water," Taken in Rosslyn, VA, January 2011.|