Cameras vs. Eyes, Dolly Zoom Effect, and the Moon Terminator Illusion

Here’s a link to a cool PBS video that showcases the ability of cameras to reveal things the human eye can’t see on its own. The video highlights the intersections between science and art/visualization and aesthetics. (Here’s the original video that led to my PBS discovery).

All this was prompted by my bother sharing this video with me about the Moon Terminator Illusion (it’s long, but super interesting).

I think all of this fits nicely with our animation project. We’re visually telling stories, but we’re not really bound by the laws of physics–in other words, we can present the story in ways that our eyes couldn’t see it actually unfold. That gives a lot of power to the animator as narrator, which I think is something we’re all discovering through this project.


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