Caution: Objects In The Scene Are Smaller Than They Appear.

Sunrise Fire Over Baxter Lake

Getting up close and personal with a wide-angle lens is a great way to play with perspective in a photograph. Placing the camera close to your foreground element, in the case of the image above, the “giant” boulder made nice foreground element.

In reality, that “giant” boulder in the foreground is only slightly larger than a soccer ball. Setting up my tripod in the water so the camera was only about 12″ (30cm) from the rock rendered it quite large in the frame.

All Squished Together.

Layers, Mountains In Green.

Another way to manipulate perspective is to use a telephoto lens to compress the scene. Using my 70-200mm lens I was able to create the illusion that the mountain ridges in the above image are much closer together than they are.

Line And Layers.

Another benefit of using  a telephoto lens in landscape photography is the ability to isolate a small part of the wider view. The result you’re left with in an image that focuses more on shape and line than the grand scenic views. Though the below image does a bit of both 😉

Blue Mountain Layers

45 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

    1. Thanks Tina. As I mentioned to Valentina, it took almost 5 years of trying to get this shot. It almost didn’t happen too. I was ready to crawl back into bed after letting the dog out. That is until I caught a glimpse of the sky to the east over the lake. Grabbed my camera and tripod and practically ran to the waters edge.

      1. I was at the beach today but I wasn’t close enough. But that’s how one learns I suppose…guess I’ll have to plan another trip to the beach soon!

    1. Thanks you Valentina. It took me almost 4 years to get this shot. I knew this was the composition I wanted, but it took that long to get the sky and reflection I wanted. Good thing this is a five minute walk from my door. 😀

  1. Beautiful work. I like your comment to restlessjo that echoes other photographers who say, basically, get out of the way of your camera.

    1. Thanks Emilio. That’s pretty much my approach to photography. In my opinion, the biggest hurdle for people top overcome in wanting to be better photographers is simply is their willingness to be there. The camera itself is just a tool. But if you’re not willing to forego sleep, or return to a location over and over until you’ve captured it the way you envision, your images will never be as good as they could be.

      The success of my landscape photographs is 20% camera-artstic-post processing skill, and 80% my willingness to be on the trail at 2 a.m. or on the seacoast when it’s -10°F.

      The first answer I give when people ask, “how can I take pictures like yours?” is to by an alarm clock and use it!

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