Date: 12/18/02-10:22:25 AM Z
There is an excellent discussion of this business of perspective and the
properties of lenses, etc., on pp. 96-107 of AA's THE CAMERA. -JB
Carl Weese <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> > While considering perspective as closer or farther, also notice the
> > change that occurs with left or right and up or down. Keep in mind that
> > this lateral or vertical changing of position will have a new
> > perspective. Such as when moved up, the ground in the foreground may
> > now be farther away and tree tops may be closer.
> Because a short (wide view) lens takes in things that are closer to the
> camera, small changes in camera position make big changes in the picture.
> With a longer lens the things in the picture are generally much farther
> away, so minor changes in camera position have relatively little effect on
> the appearance of the picture.
> One interesting effect of this is that with a long lens you can stand in one
> place and frame several landscape pictures with completely different
> content, but they will all look pretty much the same graphically. With a
> short lens you can stand in that same place and by making relatively small
> changes in camera position make several pictures that look radically
> different from each other, even though they all frame the *same* content.
> Probably why I use short lenses for about 98% of my pictures.
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