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#1 Michael Baltazar

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 12:39 AM

This is a very basic question, so sorry in advance.

Why is that wide shots appear much much softer than closeups or medium shots. Especially in landscapes. Is the resolution discrepancy a result of the lens being used or are there other factors in resolving objects in a distance? And is the soft look 'real' or just 'perceived', meaning closeups just seem sharper because you're perceiving a single object in a finite space.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:41 AM

It's mainly an optical illusion -- your eye wants to see more fine detail in a wide shot, whereas in a close-up with a lot of the background out-of-focus, what's in focus not only therefore looks sharper by being framed against a soft background, but the fine detail visible is often more than adequately sharp. In fact, sometimes it's too much detail, which is why we might diffuse a close-up.

There is also the issue of atmospheric haze -- a face is often much closer to the lens than a landscape, so you're looking through less atmosphere.

Baltazar, you need to edit your Display Name to a real first and last name, as per the forum rules. Go to "My Controls" to do this. Thanks.
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#3 K Borowski

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 03:16 AM

David, haven't you for a moment stopped to consider this may be one of the three Kings that has joined our forum?
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#4 Michael Baltazar

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 03:53 PM

Thanks for the info David. I've also changed the display to my full name.
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