Lately I seem to find myself in the position of wondering why Michael's statements seem to provoke ire. I'm not sure what the problem is.

While I don't have the expertise to advise folks authoritatively I'll agree that sometimes we're better off looking with our eyes rather than through a camera. There's something often alienating or distancing about that lens and focus screen. It can distort our vision.

A typical example of not *seeing* occurs when newbies are surprised that a polarizing filter sometimes turns skies nearly black. They've never actually scanned the entire horizon. If they had they'd recognize that at certain times the sky is naturally polarized. Add an ultra wide angle lens, polarizer and Velvia and you have a recipe for blue-black skies. But they never take that camera away from their eyes to simply *see*.