Forced perspective

This week’s Photo Challenge was on the theme of Perspective.

Perspective. Think about the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer.

For example objects nearer to the viewer appear bigger than objects which are far away, and straight lines leading away from the viewer (such as roads) converge on a point. Take a photo which illustrates perspective, looks at the world from an unusual angle, or otherwise plays with our expectations of perspective.

Here are some examples:

And here’s the Youtube video which prompted this suggestion:

And here’s what I came up with.

It looks like it has been Photoshopped, but it hasn’t. At least, not in the way you think it has. The toy car is really there – all I did was crudely clone out the plastic spatula in GIMP. And before you say – editing is allowed according to the rules of the Photo Challenge!

I tried to soften the focus on it using a localised Gaussian blur but I’m not really very experienced with image retouching so I gave up before I ruined it.


  1. Stu
    April 12, 2010

    Should have used a black spatula at the right angle to emulate the shadow 🙂

    Although of course then the shadow would have fallen in front of the lamp post!

    Good work!

  2. April 12, 2010

    Yes, I did notice afterwards that the car wasn’t casting a shadow. Never mind!

  3. Fraser
    April 13, 2010

    I was going to suggest the same as Stu above, but still nicely done mate.

  4. lordhutton
    April 14, 2010

    I thought you had photoshopped it, but that was me jumping to conclusions

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