Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Big Eyed

Big Eyed

Nerissa, my not so lucky model of the day. Shot with an 18mm focal length from top, I had exaggerated the size of her forehead and eyes. Of course, she has naturally large pair of beautiful eyes.

Wide angle distortion isn't a lens imperfection. It is what happens when a person views a print at the "improper distance." People tend to look at pictures from about 12 inches away. If they brought the print right up to their eyes, a picture taken with a 14mm lens would look normal. Take a moment to blow up the image at the top of this page and stare at it from different distances. Note that from a standard typing distance, the woman looks like a space alien. Viewed from up close, her head doesn't look strange at all.

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