Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture

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Best Focal Length to Represent a Landscape View Using a Single-Frame Photograph

The focal length which best represents the relevant context and character of the landscape in a particular view is investigated through an independent validation study. The study was conducted in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, where seven photographs were taken with FX-equivalent focal lengths between 30 mm and 90 mm at each of three viewpoints. Participants were asked to evaluate how well each photograph represents the visible landscape in terms of its context. The results indicate that a focal length slightly longer than 50 mm is thought to best capture the scope of a landscape view. These results generally support the use of a “normal” focal length lens, and contradict HUNTER’S (2012) recommendations.
Autor / Author:Palmer, James F.; Vanderheyden, Vincent; Alves, Gisele; Sismani, Georgia
Institution / Institution:Scenic Quality Associates, Burlington, Vermont, USA; Université de Liège, Liege, Belgium; Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Seitenzahl / Pages:8
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication:JoDLA − Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 2-2017
Tagung / Conference:Digital Landscape Architecture 2017 – Responsive Landscapes
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Bernburg, Germany 07.06.2017 10.06.2017
Keywords (en)Visual impact assessment photography, photosimulation standards, landscape perception
Paper review type:Full Paper Review
DOI:doi:10.14627/537629024
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