How do you (literally) see the world?
Most photographers will tell you that a 50mm lens is the human eye equivalent. Further proof that I’m not normal. When I look through a viewfinder and then take the camera away quickly and back, or alternate closing one eye, 50mm doesn’t match how I see. Do things seem closer or farther away to you than a 50mm lens?
When I took my pilot’s license medical exam, they had a system of testing your peripheral vision. basically something would slide in to view and you’d have to note when you could see it. The doctor remarked I had unusually wide angle field of view.
Perhaps this is why I like to print so huge. a 40″x60″ piece seems so much more full of life to me. I can live in the image longer, and appreciate it more fully. I’m also the guy that doesn’t mind sitting in the front section of the movie theater (though I do get a crick in my neck if too close).
Maybe that explains the 138″ video wall I built, the 4 foot by 7 foot lego mosaic, and the desire to get this denali picture printed 20 feet wide (it is a composite of over 600 images so there’s enough detail to do it!)