Foreshortening on a Telephoto Lens

by Derek Smith April. 10, 2017 798 views
The River Clyde, using a 13mm lens

The River Clyde, using a 13mm lens

Using a telephoto lens to photograph a landscape scene may seem the wrong thing to do, but sometimes it is absolutely the right thing to do. Using the "foreshortening effect", gives the optical illusion of bringing the far distance nearer. Whenever a landscape image is being considered, and composed, always try to include a part of the foreground into the composition, this will give a real sense of perspective, and lead the viewers eye into the picture. Compare the two images, the first appears quite dull, and flat. The second image is shot from the same vantage point, but this time with an Olympus 45mm micro 4/3 lens, at f/14, uses the composition techniques, and the optical illusion "foreshortening" of the telephoto lens, to create a far more satisfying image.

The River Clyde, with a foreground, and using the "foreshortening effect" of a telephoto lens

The River Clyde, with a foreground, and using the "foreshortening effect" of a telephoto lens


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