Day 5, 11th September – At Sea

It’s day 5 of our virtual cruise, and we are on the second day of our 5-day crossing of the Atlantic.   Two years ago today, in my Photography Lecture “A Matter of Perspective” I showed passengers how to move a 2000-year-old temple using nothing more than a camera.

In the talk, I showed this image of a temple at Dugga in Tunisia.

Capitoline Temple, Dougga, as seen from the slave market. Roman City of Dougga, The Tell, Tunisia. Dougga, The Tell, Tunisia.

It’s an OK shot but it would be nice if the temple was closer to the arch way and filled it a bit more.  No problem we can soon fix this by changing how we photograph it, what’s more this technique works with ANY camera – it doesn’t matter if you are using a Camera Phone, a compact point-and-shoot or a top-end DSLR.

What you need to do is walk AWAY from the temple and the arch.  Sounds crazy, I know but that is what you need to do.  Move further away and then ZOOM IN on the doorway and the temple and the two objects appear to be much closer together.  It’s a technique known as foreshortening and this is how it changed to above image.

Capitoline Temple, Dougga, as seen from the slave market. Roman City of Dougga, The Tell, Tunisia. Dougga, The Tell, Tunisia.