Daily Image - Mar 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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18 Mar11. Picking up from where we left off yesterday, I'm going to bet that everyone on this list has seen at least one movie with a major chase scene in which the hero is being pursued by an angry mob of something. Invariably it looks as though the mob is literally right on top of the hero and the worst is about to happen. This effect was well used in all the Raider's of the Lost Arc series, and also in the Mummy series of movies. Has you sitting right on the edge of your chair in excitement (unless you are a modern day teenager in which case that's where you sit anyway) 'cause you just know the hero is about to be "dun in." Of course our hero always escapes as it ultimately turns out that he had plenty of distance on his pursuers. Cheap trick, constantly used in the thrillers. You can do it any time you want by simply using a long focal length lens; anything around 300mm or longer serves just fine to create the illusion. If I were doing this in a classroom I'd use several images to show it incrementally, but since I give you only one image I'll give you the last frame, so to speak. I shared an almost identical shot late last year but with a different theme, so here is another image of Mt Rainier looking across Puget Sound. Using the 300mm focal length, I've compressed Puget Sound to something more akin to a small lake, stuck Shilshole Bay Marina, the Space Needle, the 3 major T.V. broadcast antennas, and several of the largest downtown Seattle building right in your face. And then, just to top it off, pun intended, you have the foothills and Mt Rainier of the Cascade Range appearing as though they are smack up on the eastern edge of the city. In reality, the distance from where the photo was shot and the Cascades is roughly 90 miles as the crow flies, yet it looks like you could reach out and touch them. Fun stuff with lenses and perspective manipulation. ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 8.

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