Illusion of depth

A couple of days ago I took some handheld snaps (Nikon D5300) and stitched them together for a quick panorama of an area originally called Cherry Lake in Sumter county Florida.  I wanted to use the pan as the basis for a piece of artwork.

In painting, the teaching goes to lighten colors at the horizon and make them progressively more saturated as objects move to the middle ground and then to the foreground.

What struck me is that the photograph does not do that (unfortunately I have tossed the raw or NEF files so I can’t tell what the exposure etc. was).  Cherry Lake Pan 100dpi

So I wondered what would happen to the image if I applied those painting rules to it.  Here are the results … but I have no idea if this is something I should do in my photographic landscapes.  At least its an interesting comparison.  The edits were done in Photoshop Elements 11 using a50% gray overlay layer and burning / dodging as appropriate, plus slightly over saturating the left, right, and bottom edges of the original using the sponge tool.

Cherry Lake Pan edit


1 thought on “Illusion of depth

  1. westfloridavideoarts Post author

    Interesting. After some research I find that the most common post-processing suggestion to create the illusion of depth in a photo is to keep the foreground portion sharp and blur the background. So pretty much its nothing new under the sun.


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