If you take a photograph of a number of widely spaced objects using a long telephoto lens youll notice that the objects seem to be crammed together in the final photograph. This change in perspective is called foreshortening of distance.
A common example of this is a shot of cars on a busy road, which all look bunched together. A common cliché variant in 1970s movies was the ever-popular Hollywood street photo, in which lines of receding palm trees, all apparently crammed together because of foreshortening, vanish in the heat haze beneath the Hollywood sign.
cf. focal length, telephoto lens.
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