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08/19/2020 03:46:34 PM · #1
"Compress several layers of distance within a scene into a relatively "flat" view (with a seemingly shrunken distance between the layers) by your choice of perspective, cropping, and/or composition."

hmmm... does anyone have any examples of this that might help me understand this better?

08/19/2020 03:57:47 PM · #2
I agree! This has me totally confused. An example would be wonderful.
08/19/2020 04:08:56 PM · #3
Do a Google search (image or otherwise) on "perspective compression in photography"

What I think you "need" (as I understand it) is a scene that has considerable actual depth, especially one in which the viewer KNOWS the depth is there and a telephoto lens with the primary focus on something near you.

Edit to say sorry . . . can't seem to get the link to take you there

Here are a number of photographs assembled to illustrate various aspects of depth of field. Scroll down to "Compression"

For me the laundry with the village behind it is an excellent example of what I'm trying to say. I KNOW the houses behind the laundry are built up a hill so I know they can't be right behind it - certainly all of them can't be!. I KNOW the ones at the top are physically farther away than the ones at the bottom as the road must wind up the side of a hill getting farther away as it does so. But when I look at the scene, it looks as if all the buildings are pretty much smack dab behind the laundry and, indeed, right on top of one another.

You can find quite a number of "tutorials" or explanations with samples . . . you'll see that if the photographer shoots exactly the same scene with 35mm, 70mm, 200mm, 400mm the compression becomes increasingly obvious.

Hope this helps.

Message edited by author 2020-08-19 18:21:14.
08/19/2020 04:42:44 PM · #4
Thank you, Nikki!

(link is malfunctioning, but I'll find some. Thanks!
08/19/2020 04:53:32 PM · #5
I think a "classic" example is someone "holding" the Leaning Tower of Pisa between thumb and forefinger ...
08/19/2020 08:15:13 PM · #6
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I think a "classic" example is someone "holding" the Leaning Tower of Pisa between thumb and forefinger ...

Actually, the most obvious example of perspective compression would be extreme telephoto shots that make far objects visually the same size as similar near objects; like, the opposite of wide-angle, which gives perspective extension/distortion. But the term IS open to interpretation and entrants should do whatever floats their boat :-)

A fine illustration of what Perspective compression can do is seen in this article about misleading shots of "crowded" beaches in Covid19 days:

Misleading beach crowd images

Message edited by author 2020-08-19 20:20:47.
08/19/2020 08:22:52 PM · #7
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I think a "classic" example is someone "holding" the Leaning Tower of Pisa between thumb and forefinger ...

What you are referring to here is one extreme of "Forced" Perspective.
08/19/2020 09:14:45 PM · #8
Yeah, a bit different ...
08/19/2020 10:18:42 PM · #9
Tried to submit a picture and it wouldn't take any Exposure date entered. Glitch or me?
08/19/2020 11:50:46 PM · #10
Maybe like this ...
08/19/2020 11:52:52 PM · #11
Originally posted by GolferDDS:

Tried to submit a picture and it wouldn't take any Exposure date entered. Glitch or me?


It's a glitch.
Somehow, in spite of that message my entry has gone in, but the details didn't stick. I managed to add location, and even change the date via my portfolio. However I can't put in my title.
08/19/2020 11:54:27 PM · #12
Maybe like this
08/20/2020 03:37:30 AM · #13
Originally posted by jomari:

Originally posted by GolferDDS:

Tried to submit a picture and it wouldn't take any Exposure date entered. Glitch or me?


It's a glitch.
Somehow, in spite of that message my entry has gone in, but the details didn't stick. I managed to add location, and even change the date via my portfolio. However I can't put in my title.


OK. It accepted the submission, but it wonít allow me to update with a title and details. A sign keeps popping up that says itís outside the entry dates.
08/20/2020 07:19:23 AM · #14
Originally posted by GolferDDS:

Tried to submit a picture and it wouldn't take any Exposure date entered. Glitch or me?

I found the glitch. Typo in the date field. Corrected now.
08/20/2020 08:22:01 AM · #15
Thank you, Robert.
08/20/2020 08:28:28 AM · #16
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by GolferDDS:

Tried to submit a picture and it wouldn't take any Exposure date entered. Glitch or me?

I found the glitch. Typo in the date field. Corrected now.


Yahoo!
08/20/2020 11:08:52 AM · #17
So, have a subject, walk a distance away from subject and then zoom in a bit, and all the stuff behind the subject is closer looking and blurryish but you recognize what it is.

Is that about right?
08/20/2020 12:33:09 PM · #18
Originally posted by JulietNN:

So, have a subject, walk a distance away from subject and then zoom in a bit, and all the stuff behind the subject is closer looking and blurryish but you recognize what it is.

Is that about right?

That's one aspect of it yeah, though the blurry part is optional.
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