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Michel Hardy-Vallée
04-18-2011, 09:31 AM
A while ago, discussing the following photo, I was trying to triangulate the position I took it from based on the satellite view of Google Maps.
http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=33934&d=1303136589

That was before Street View.

http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=33931&d=1303136503

The GoogleCam, being obviously a super-wide angle, gives a rather distinct field of view from the 50mm I used. But what I find interesting is that, even though I'm comparing two images here, I have the intuitive feeling that the Google shot is "reality" whereas my picture is a representation.

Both are representations, utter interpretations, but somehow the Google shot plays on different conventions.

What I found strange, visually compelling:
http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=33933&d=1303136589

is also just part of everyday life:
http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=33932&d=1303136513

Some people have already started collecting weird grab shots from Street View (muggings in progress, oddities, naked people, etc.), but these pictures only work because they are part of the conventions of street photography/urban landcape.

More Street View coverage in, let's say, the deserted areas, would eventually bring us closer to virtual landscape photography....

perkeleellinen
04-18-2011, 10:02 AM
I once toyed with this project where I'd set up my camera on a tripod to make a 'proper' B&W photo, then using a P&S with colour film I'd take a few steps back and take a photo of the tripod / camera in situ. This was, I felt, a sort of reality / representation contrast.

aaronmichael
04-18-2011, 10:43 AM
Well in a way, no matter how you frame a shot, it's all a representation of reality. When taking a photograph you're always leaving something out of the frame and therefore distorting what is really there. Conclusion: all photograph are a lie :)

bsdunek
04-18-2011, 11:42 AM
Well in a way, no matter how you frame a shot, it's all a representation of reality. When taking a photograph you're always leaving something out of the frame and therefore distorting what is really there. Conclusion: all photograph are a lie :)

But, such beautiful lies! :laugh: