Compressed Perspective 2

Back in July I wrote a piece about compressed perspective and how it can change the apparent relationship between near and distant objects. I couple of photos I took a few days ago demonstrate this further.

You’ll notice in the picture below that one bottle of shower gel appears slightly larger than the other. Specifically, the yellow bottle on the right is slightly larger than the lime bottle on the left.

However, this is a good example of how compressed perspective can fool the eye. The yellow bottle is actually a lot smaller than the green bottle – it just looks larger because it’s much closer to the camera.

Here’s another image showing the bottles side by side.

As you can see, there is a big difference in size! The green bottle is a standard Original Source bottle, whereas the Lemon and Tea Tree is a travel pack size.

In the first picture the larger lime bottle is about a metre behind the smaller lemon bottle. I used a small aperture and manually focussed on a point midway between the two to ensure that they were both in focus, thereby making them appear as if they were positioned next to each other. The illusion is helped by the fact that the proportional relationship between the bottle and label are the same on both bottles.