I shoot 8x10 because I find well executed large format contact prints to be the pinnacle of photographic excellence. It is the method used by just about every photographer who's work I personally admire. That is, of course, just my opinion.
I shoot LF because it is the perfect creative process for me, even if a 30min exposure feels like I´m rushing things at times..
Minor White defined "Previsualization" in Zone System Manual, How to Previsualize Your Pictures.
I can't resist questions of detail, so I checked with Google Books. The earliest usage wrt photography that I could find was in 1947, in Morgan & Lester, _Graphic Graflex Photography_. The second one is in a 1951 article in _American Photography_ about Minor White, where White is quoted using and explaining the term.
Originally Posted by Steve Smith
It actually kind of makes sense to me; it's a shorthand for "pre-exposure visualization", which you gotta admit is a bit of a mouthful.
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But is it art or just photographic technical perfection?
Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
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Well, in its long form, pre-exposure visualization makes perfect sense. Pre-visualisation does not as it implies something you do before visualisation. That something is actually visualisation so the pre is redundant. In your version the visualisation is pre-exposure - which is exactly correct.
Originally Posted by ntenny
Yes (or no).
Originally Posted by cliveh
ntenny and Steve Smith already clarified, it is pre-exposure visualization...
The Minor White definition: "...this survey of possibilities and choice is done on location, in front of the subject, before the exposure is made. Previsualization as such survey and decision is called is to be done before the exposure is made." "...The term stands for a developed ability to look at a scene and at the same time hold in one's eye the image of the print which is still to be made."
There's talk of pre- and post-visualizing, visualizing from the print back to the original, vision communicated clockwise and counterclockwise and sometimes both directions at the same time. How this sometimes reaches an almost Zen-like state, etc.
Originally Posted by cliveh
i think that can be asked of any photograph not just a print from a bigger than 8x10 negative.
... can't it ?
I agree whole heartily with John on this... because it is fun!! I really enjoy working with a large format camera. But then again I also like using my two Fuji MF rangefinders... my Rolleicord...
Originally Posted by jnanian
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I forgot to tell the story why I use 4x5...
When I was a young man, out of my second job after school, I stopped in a camera store and saw an Omega DII and Kodak easel. I traded in a Minolta X-370 (that I'd only bought to help out an acquaintance who was short on cash), put some money down and put the rest on layaway. Went back and got it and that enlarger and easel are still working for me today.
Classic example of cart in front of horse, now I had the means to make enlargements from 4x5. My first foray into LF did not hook me in immediately. So I went back to 35mm for the next maybe ten years. I could do a lot with Panatomic-X, Kodachrome and later Velvia. But mostly I loved the black and white.
Somewhere along the way the world changed around me and now I was in high-res online image viewing technology. I spent my working days helping people look at 300MB graphic arts plate files over the Internet. I wanted to make some demo files. Sure it was fun looking at my 16MB scanned 35mm slides with the technology, but I wasn't really impressed with 35mm anymore.
The same time, in our hallway, I had a couple prints up. One from 35mm of the Brooks Range in Alaska, another from 4x5 of Dinkey Creek. Seeing those prints side-by-side every day, cemented my desire to shoot 4x5.
So for my 50th birthday, my wife told me I could buy any camera I wanted in the world. I researched here and there, narrowed down my choices and decided on the 4x5 that was to be the last camera I ever bought... (It wasn't but it was supposed to be).