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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Third Dimension

Photography -- it goes without saying -- is a two-dimensional medium. That said, it's often desirable to try to evoke the elusive third dimension because of its ability to create a stronger impact on the viewing experience. Depth of field techniques are often the first choice to create a three-dimensional feel in an image. Leading lines and diminishing perspective are another. Layering is less commonly used, but I think just as effective.

There are seven distinct layers visible in this photograph, but unless I mention it and you actually count them, it enters the subconscious as normal vision from a three-dimensional point of view.

Of note is that this image was photographed using the 35mm eq of a 170mm lens -- a longish telephoto that normally we think of as compressing the three-dimensionality of an image. Using a layered composition visually helps combat this optical flattening.

Tech data:

Panasonic G9 using a Panasonic Leic 50-200mm f/2.8-4 lens at 85mm. ISO 1600. f/16 at 1/200th sec.