Forced Perspective Running through the Desert

Forced Perspective Running through the Desert

December 1, 2009 By Joe Morahan

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Here are two shots from my new series that I have been working on.  It uses the forced perspective to a max and they are turning out to be quite fun.  The only problem is I can’t seem to close down enough to keep focus throughout the image.  Thank god for photoshop, but I would like to get one of these on a piece of film some day.  Maybe the old 4×5 closed down at f/64 might work, but till then I have been blending the different shots and layers together.  I specifically remember with Ralph, one of the greats was teaching us this in class and it seemed so simple there, and when shooting nature, it can be.  But having the bottle only a few inches from the camera, it’s really hard to keep that focus in the back ground.  And as soon as you move the bottle back a bit, the neck hits the horizon killing the overall look to the shot.  Anyway this series has been driving me nuts, and has been a fun challenge and expect to see a few more.

 

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Image description:

This shot shows a woman running through a cracked and dried up lake bed.  She is running around 45 yards from the camera making her a bit small in the frame, and is in the overall background.  In the foreground a bottle of water rests on its side dripping some water from the cap.  The bottle is very close to the camera creating an illusion to the camera prospective.  The cracked ground fits together like a puzzle, and is in desperate need of water.  As the drop falls from the cap is looks like the drop of water is the same size as the runner in the background.  Its a play on hydration. Shot in El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, CA ***Composite***

This shot has similar aspects to the other image, but was shot in Denver right after a snow storm.  Its a play on forced perspective.  The water bottle which sits near camera, just inches away is set around 30 yards in front of the basketball hoop in the background.  The bottle has a drop of water coming out that looks as though its going to fall through the basketball hoop.  The drop because its close to the camera looks around the size of a real basketball. Layers were used in this shot, to keep focus and for other image compositing.  Shot in Denver, Co.

*Composite

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