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selvin Sep 1, 2011 8:03 PM

Challenge: Zoom and Walk an illustration
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After seeing some of the confusion about Cal's intentions I decided to make things clearer with an illustration.
See below:

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calr Sep 2, 2011 10:54 PM

Well, I've done it again! Forgot to hit the post button.

Thanks, Selvin for this crystal clear illustration. This should really help people to understand.


Bynx Sep 2, 2011 11:56 PM

At a distance objects behind each other seem to move in and crowd each other. Shot from a distance there is no depth. A telephoto shot illustrates this shot nicely giving again, no depth to what is being shot. Then when you walk up to the scene so the front area is the same as the telephoto area now there is depth to the objects. John Wayne sitting on his horse in Monument Valley on a brightly lit full moon night. The wide angle shot from a distance will show everything and the moon will be quite large compared to the size of his head. Now zoom in so you have just Duke sitting on his horse with the moon behind him. The moon looks much bigger than his head. Now walk up to him and shoot the same portrait shot of him sitting on his horse and the moon will be much much smaller. I think its the scale of objects in the distance that is most noticeable between telephoto and a walk up. MtnGirls shot of the stairs illustrates this nicely. The foreshortened distance in the telephoto is opened up when she walked up and did her 3rd shot. Its not so much you can see more as in the confusing illustration by Selvin, its just that what you can see is farther away with depth which gets lost in the telephoto image.

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