Andy Brown • Sense Of Scale

Translating a 3D scene onto a flat image can be problematic, hence the reason why landscape photographers employ depth and perspective for sense of scale

Translating a three-dimensional scene onto a flat image can be problematic. Luckily, our brains are exceptional at recognising the indications of depth and perspective that we as landscape photographers employ while shooting. You may, for instance, shoot a line of trees running off into the distance, each of similar height and equidistant spacing. In both reality and the finished picture, the first tree appears visually larger than the last – yet your senses interpret this disparity and relay the correct impression that they are in fact the same. The brain performs corrective feats so effortlessly; it comprehends and makes allowances for such situations because, even when viewing a photograph, it has the real world to benchmark from.

Understanding this opens possibilities to the canny photographer, especially when you realise that ...

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Andy Brown

An ardent devotee to most genres of landscape photography, Andy’s primary fervour and passion is for mono and split-toned, ultra long exposure imagery.

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