Ultra Wide Angle
versus Wide Angle: a truer viewpoint

at Saddle Rock, Long Island,
mid-September 2002

  Unlike the 15mm viewpoint, the photo below doesn't show a river but a boulder surrounded by a circular groundcover.
Realistic perspective of ground cover with boulder
  The logic behind wide-angle photography is that the wider the lens, the deeper the perspective. What may seem to be 30 feet spanning from front to back in an ultra-wide photograph may be less than a third that distance in real life.

Of course, what's so important about "real life"? To paraphrase a line bandied about in too many art courses, if you want "real life," you might as well do a painting.

Photography note: The photo was taken with a Sony F707 in mid-September 2002.

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