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Travel Photo Thursday: The Problem with People in Photos

Travel Photo Thursday: The Problem with People in Photos

In  “Travel Photo Thursday: ‘People-ing’ Your Trip Photos” I stressed the importance of having people appear in the photos that you take when traveling.

And in “Travel Photo Thursday: ‘Scaling’ Your Shots with People” I showed you how having people appear in a photo can help the viewer visualize the size of hills, trees, and man-made structures.

But getting those people into (or out of) a shot can present several problems that photographers, including leisure travelers snapping away with a smartphone, usually don’t encounter when taking photos of landscapes or inanimate objects.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Topping Out

Travel Photo Thursday: Topping Out

Half Dome
(Bonzo McGrue Flickr Photo)

Moro Rock is one of the most prominent natural features in Sequoia National Park. It’s a bit like Yosemite’s Half Dome: Everyone wants to climb it.

You don’t need technical mountaineer skills to climb Half Dome, just a permit and the willingness to risk your life hanging in a long line with a multitude of your new best friends from cables that dangle down the backside of that most famous piece of granite/

But topping out on Moro Rock is much easier. It merely involves tramping up long flights of stone steps flanked by steel railings.

Well, that’s almost true.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Perspectives

Travel Photo Thursday: Perspectives

Merriam-Webster offers the following definitions of “perspective”:

  • The technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance.
  • A visible scene; especially one giving a distinctive impression of distance.
  • The appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions.

“Perspective” comes into play with various visual art forms, including photography.

Our eyes see the world in three dimensions: Width, height, and most importantly, depth.

But neither a painting on a flat canvas, a drawing on a sketch pad, nor a two-dimension photograph could easily impart a sense of depth or distance were it not for two important principles: The “vanishing point” and one-point or two-point “perspective.”

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