Illusion of Dimension

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Saul Bellow

As an exercise in the optics of digital photography and modern lenses – I calculated that the pier in this picture extends about 200 yards from the shore while the ship is about 1 1/2 miles from the shore. If you click on the picture and zoom-in, you can see some of the detail on the deck of the ship.


  1. I really like these photographs, but I live far from the sea so I’m always a sucker for ships. Optical power can be fantastic. Years ago I took some students out to birdwatch using my own Opticron 60x telescope. They were amazed, as I was, by the fact that you could see the colour of a Heron’s eyes when it was so far away, perched in a tree, that many of them couldn’t even see the bird with the naked eye. And digital is so much better than that!


    1. I live far from the sea too, so I enjoyed taking the pictures. I studied optics when I was in college (many years ago!) so I knew the theory behind this kind of photography. I finally got to play around with it in real life when I was on the Texas coast a couple of months ago.


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