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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Atmospheric Perspective

THE ILLUSION OF SPACE, PART 2

 

Have you ever wondered why a distant mountain appears blue when it’s actually covered in green trees or brown dirt? Or why things seem to “fade” into the distance? Believe it or not, the atmosphere isn’t completely translucent; air is full of particles such as dust and moisture that affect the way we see objects. The particles scatter short wavelengths of light (blue and violet), veiling objects in the distance with a cool, bluish hue. This optical effect, called “atmospheric” or “aerial perspective,” also subdues shadows and highlights, reducing the contrast of distant ...

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