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Weekly Black and White challenge - Perspective - ends Wed 12th June 2013

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petebfrance 6 2.7k France
5 Jun 2013 10:12PM
The theme for this week's challenge is:


Good luck, and I'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret the theme.


1. The challenge is just for fun.
2. All images must be taken after the theme is announced.
3. All images must be uploaded by 8pm on Wednesday 12 June
4. All uploads must be B&W (or Sepia toned)
5. Only one uploads per member
6. Please feel free to comment on the entries once judging is complete.
7. The person who hosts is the judge for that week challenge and the judge’s decision is final
8. The winner gets to create, run and judge the challenge for the following week
9. Have fun

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Coventryphotog Junior Member 5 149 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2013 10:55PM
It could prove to be a touch difficult meeting the timeframe LOL
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
5 Jun 2013 11:00PM
whoops - I did a new heading but copied and pasted the rules Sad

Thank-you for pointing it out.

The problem is that there is no way of changing the thing - I wonder if the mods will help?
Coventryphotog Junior Member 5 149 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2013 11:17PM
Easily done my friend Smile and you're welcome, gave me a late night giggle anyway Smile

Fixed now anyway....
dougv 14 8.4k 3 England
5 Jun 2013 11:21PM

Quote: I wonder if the mods will help?

Yes they will.
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
5 Jun 2013 11:21PM
successfully adhering to rules 1 and 9, then Grin

and thanks Doug!
Coventryphotog Junior Member 5 149 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2013 1:14AM

Gary66 5 246 England
6 Jun 2013 9:34AM
Can some one give me a hint at what perspectives covers Blush
JawDborn Plus
6 1.2k 1 England
6 Jun 2013 10:32AM
Things start to look teeny-weeny as they are increasingly further away. E.g.railway lines appearing to converge in the distance. Hopethis helps, Gary.
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
6 Jun 2013 12:34PM
Interesting question, Gary!
I guess at it's simplest, 'perspective' is how one sees something, both visually and conceptually, but here we are interested in the visual aspect.
Perspective is also the term used to describe how the 3 dimensional world is translated into 2 dimensions for a picture. This is also used for constructing pictures when making up a drawing / painting.

It's also a complicated subject, but I can give you mt take on it and hope that helps.

Some components that are likely to be of interest are:
1. The angle of light falling on the subject. For example low slanting light gives long, mysterious shadows....
2. Centre of Vision. Nearest point on the picture plane to the eyes - this is likely to be the centre of the picture as taken, but of course cropping can change this. Really, though, the interest here is whether or not one is looking directly at a subject say, using a low angle of view to isolate against the sky and give an impression of loneliness / desolation (like in the boat picture shown in photo month)
3. The angle of view - i.e. wide angle, long focal length. The use of a wide angle lens deepens perspective, long lens flattens it. Our normal vision is about 40-50mm in 35mm terms (I'm sure somebody can give the exact figure) so focal lengths outside of that can create interesting effects.
4. Overlapping objects - the ones in front block the ones behind!
5. Vanishing point - where parallel lines going away from you appear to merge. Also, of course, subjects closer appear larger, more distant smaller....
6. Aeriel Perspective - because of atmospheric haze, distant objects appear less clear. Much used in painting!

Now, of course, at this point I'd think 'Well, so what? Nearly all photographs will have perspective' and the answer of course, is that what we're looking for is use of some or all of these components to make an effective composition.

In other words, this challenge is really licence to try out what you fancy of the above.

Some useful links:

Example Photos
Perspective 1
Perspective 2
and, of course,
Wiki Perspective
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
6 Jun 2013 12:43PM

if that's an entry to the challenge, please will you upload to the group gallery - which can be reached here:


petebfrance 6 2.7k France
6 Jun 2013 12:50PM
Incidentally, the 'person propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa' is also an example of use of perspective to 'creatively' - well, at least the first one was Sad

if you Google 'using perspective photography' you'll come across quite a lot of that sort of thingGrin
Wilco54 6 192 1 Luxembourg
6 Jun 2013 3:42PM
Excellent subject, bloody hell!
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
6 Jun 2013 3:48PM

Quote:Excellent subject, bloody hell!

Jack's description was far more succinct than mine - I'm beginning to wonder if I should just have kept out of it Sad .
Griff2012 5 363 1 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2013 3:55PM
Great theme Pete. Think I know where to head for this one Smile Jacqui

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