The Washington Post headlines:
States rushing to reopen are likely making a deadly error, coronavirus models and experts warn
Closing America was hard. Science suggests reopening amid coronavirus will be even harder.
Jacksonville, Fla., beaches reopened last week after a short period of restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Sam Thomas/Reuters)
Carolyn Y. Johnson and
April 22, 2020 at 5:35 p.m. PDT
And illustrates it with this photo with the caption “Jacksonville, Fla., beaches reopened last week after a short period of restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.”
As I’ve mentioned a million times before, the oldest trick in the newspaper photographer’s book is using a telephoto lens to make a beach look supercrowded. It’s fun! Perspective distortion depends upon how much magnification the lens does versus how wide-angle it is. With telephoto lenses:
Distant objects look approximately the same size – closer objects are abnormally small, and more distant objects are abnormally large, and hence the viewer cannot discern relative distances between distant objects – distances are compressed.
At the opposite extreme, a wide-angle lens makes close objects appear much closer than more distant ones. TV commercial director Joe Sedelmaier wound up influencing American political history in the 1980s with his wide-angle lens shots:
I also the suspect this video is shot with a telephoto lens:
Dinosaurs are still alive 😮 pic.twitter.com/zf6QFhu2vl
— Nature & Animals 🌴 (@AnimalsWorId) April 22, 2020
I know this looks like a 1980s baseball team mascot, but this is a real bird, the shoebill bird of Africa. They stand up to 5 feet tall.
By the way, this Jacksonville Beach looks excellent for social distanced walking, at least at low tide, because the wet sand that is hard enough for easy walking or even bike riding, is so wide. At Los Angeles beaches, in contrast, the water’s edge tends to be steeper, so the area of wet sand is quite narrow, forcing walkers into a narrow place.