This series is intended to showcase pictures with exceptional three dimensional rendering, an image quality otherwise known by its vernacular in the photographic community as "3D Pop".
The quality of 3D Pop itself has been long established in the classical art world. For several centuries now artists have added subtle visual cues to their two-dimensional paintings to impart the impression of physical depth. Among many others these traditional painter's "depth cues" have included occlusion, shading gradients, perspective, and converging lines.
In photography additional depth cues are made available as imaging a subject through a lens allows the photographic artist to record unique, lens-driven depth indicators. These lens-driven cues include control over depth of field and its resultant out of focus (OOF) blur, the actual bokeh quality of that blur, the quality of the OOF transitions, and the rendering of lens microcontrast to confer subject shape and dimensionality.
It is important to realize that the illusion of 3D Pop isn't an on/off quality. It exists to varying degrees in virtually all photographs dependent on how many concordant depth cues are working together in the image to render the perception of depth. The more concordant depth cues there are, the stronger the pop. And the stronger the pop, the greater the percentage of the viewing audience the illusion will be triggered in.
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