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Atmospheric Perspective

This photograph captures several of the elements & principles of design discussed in Helmers’ “The Elements of Critical Viewing.” In particular, the way perspective is created in this photograph is dramatic and interesting. Though there is some vantage point perspective happening with the fence & house, most of the perspective & depth is created by atmospheric perspective, the overlapping of objects, & the diminishing in size of objects as they recede. The objects in the foreground have much more contrast & are much larger than those receding, causing the foreground to feel closer to the viewer. The fact that objects in the foreground have more detail than the objects in the background further creates a sense depth & space. This photograph was taken at an opportune moment to capture atmospheric perspective as it was raining, causing a dramatic shift in the value of the objects as they recede.


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