Compressed Ice Water

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    Warren, Connecticut. Context is everything. Take a round glass, put ice and water into it but take a picture of it in such a way that it looks flat on its background and the context of a glass of ice water is stripped away. In photography the loss of depth or three dimensionality from the use of a telephoto lens is called compression and that's a fitting word for what seems to be happening here, both in depth and inside the glass.

    Note: this is not a crop of this image, it's another shot from closer range.

    Canon 5D, Canon 300mm f//4 L, ISO 50, f/4 at 1/15th of a second

    jamesToligney, Dilip Muralidaran, and 31 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. John Goldsmith 105 months ago | reply

      Oh . . . Weegee was a neat photographer. I saw an exhibit earlier this year. I understand, Richard. I like those unseen moments as well. In my dreams . . .

    2. Oranges 'n' Lemons 105 months ago | reply

      Richard, you've found your calling. This is simply beautiful.

    3. Richard- 105 months ago | reply

      Janel: thanks, fun to do and I can't wait to do some more of it.

    4. dezsö [deleted] 105 months ago | reply


      found in flickr’s explore interestingness, well done!

    5. Ya Ya 104 months ago | reply

      I like the concept, but I some how feel the distinct lines too abrupt. It does look 2-D!

    6. Richard- 104 months ago | reply

      Ya Ya, yep, compression leads to a bit more 2D than 3D, part of the deal with the effect.

    7. Ryan Brenizer 104 months ago | reply

      Very nice illustration of the effect.

    8. Richard- 104 months ago | reply

      Thanks Carpe, sort of a fun-house effect it seems but fun nonetheless.

    9. Ronan O Keeffe [deleted] 104 months ago | reply

      Great stuff, I also thought it was an X-ray.

    10. boonerodriguez 104 months ago | reply

      wow, interesting

    11. Richard- 104 months ago | reply

      Thanks R and yahboone. Yeah, it's my back after a yoga class with my wife.

    12. roddh 104 months ago | reply

      super image (and concept). the boundary of the glass and background is amazing. very beautiful!

    13. Richard- 104 months ago | reply

      Thanks roddh, that boundary is an interesting artifact of the compression that happens with a long lens. I doubt I'd want it on everything but it makes this image interesting for sure.

    14. Hannah Mia 104 months ago | reply

      Great picture! Love the smoothness.

    15. Richard- 104 months ago | reply

      thanks tragic waster, I appreciate your comment.

    16. simonella_virus 104 months ago | reply

      wonderful! i love the pastel green OOF background. and the ice adds a strong foreground subject. i like the texture of the ice!

    17. Michael Smith 101 months ago | reply

      Remarkable feeling of 2-D, giving an abstract quality; fine and original work.

    18. Richard- 101 months ago | reply

      Thanks simonella and Michael. The long (300mm) lens really does compress things and this was the first time I saw how extreme that compression can be. Now I have to figure out how to use it in more nuanced ways. Again, thanks.

    19. Sailing "Footprints: Real to Reel" (Ronn ashore) 91 months ago | reply

      Richard Hi again,

      This is an amazing photograph. The image is startling & beautiful. I love this...

    20. Richard- 91 months ago | reply

      Thanks Ronn, notice it was not done with the 100mm macro, it was done with a 300mm f/4 telephoto lens. The focal length of that lens flattened out the glass and ice (compression), something that shorter lenses can't do. Glad you like it.

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