Focus - Photo Challenge: Forced Perspective

March 02, 2013  •  2 Comments

So, this week's theme (Forced Perspective) might be foreign to you in name, but I'm sure you've seen it in practice. All you have to do is imagine the pictures you have seen of people "holding up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It's as simple as that - making the image appear to be something it's not. It's usually about the placement of the camera in relation to the objects being photographed (or in some cases, just changing the orientation of the photo). Most of the time the trick is just in changing the apparent scale of the two objects (making something appear larger, smaller, closer or farther away). This is definitely a more light-hearted theme than previous weeks. Some of these were fun to do even though they won't be winning any contests. And, by the way, only one of the ideas was original. Read all the way to the end because I saved my favorite one for last.

 

I think the effect of this one came out the best out of all I did this week. I wish I had some better color for this one, but since I am a bad painter it seems to be fairly appropriate to have a bad fake painting. Focusing on my hand made it seem like the townhomes were model size.

Painting the townhomesDSC_0752

 

I took this one off the other side of the bridge where I stood to take the picture above.

Toy train on real trackDSC_0742

 

These were fun to do, and my son was really patient with me (since we were out in this field for a long time). This one came out well, with his hair being lit be the moon.

Frame around the moonDSC_0811

 

This one isn't quite so fun and isn't as interesting without knowing the details. The nail is actually huge as you can see on the right. In the shot on the left it was about 6 feet farther back from the hammer, but since I zoomed in on the 2 objects, the camera lens compresses the distance. Here is the very glamorous behind-the-scenes shot of my setup.

Hammer and nailDSC_0871 Hammer and nail togetherDSC_0875

 

I saw this one one evening and got in the right place at the right time.

Clound coming out of chimneyDSC_0894

 

I got my wife to do some "modeling" for me.

Sitting on the wallDSC_0954

FountainDSC_0902

Holding onto ledgeDSC_0922

Here is my favorite. I got my 3 daughters to pose this one for me. The one who is floating away is just the type who would float away on some balloons if she could.

Girl floating away on balloonsDSC_0984

I know that no one will be wanting to print a copy of these, but they were a lot of fun to do. Plus, most of these can be done with even the most basic camera. Look around and try to find some fun ways to trick the eyes.

 

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Comments

Louanne Mason(non-registered)
Really cute! This reminds me of a 6 year old photo we took of Nadia that I don't think I have even seen.

The ones of S are cute!!
Dianah Thelen(non-registered)
Such fun photos of family.
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