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Photographer Captures a Soccer Player Looking Extremely Small

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Reuters photographer Yves Herman captured this peculiar photograph at a match between the Belgian and French national soccer teams yesterday. The photograph has attracted the Internet’s attention due to the fact that it makes 28-year-old soccer player Mathieu Valbuena look like a child playing among men.

Here’s what a reader/tipster/photographer named Jon writes,

It’s a pretty great example of perspective compression. What makes it unusual is that it’s mainstream media and I figure shots like this would never make it past the cutting room.

In addition to look caused by the telephoto lens and the position of the photographer, the effect is also due to the size of the players involved — Valbuena is 5’6” while the other two players (Vincent Kompany and Marouane Fellaini) are 6’3” and 6’5” (respectively) — and the fact that Valbuena is falling down backwards as he’s making the pass.

The result is what appears to be a 4-foot-tall player on the blue team chasing after the ball.

Sports photographers and editors beware: watch out for strange optical illusions in your photographs, lest the images attract the Internet’s attention for reasons unrelated to the news at hand.


Image credit: Photograph by Yves Herman/Reuters


 
 
  • SpellingNazi

    “It’s a pretty great example of perspective compression. What makes it unusual is that it’s mainstream media and I figure shots like this would never make it past the cutting room (I guess if there’s a dollar to be maid from licensing…).”

    …and in traditional news media, quotes with errors like this would never make it past the editor’s desk (at least not without the ‘sic’ annotation).

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thank you, SpellingNazi!

  • Teun

    At Least something exiting came out of this, otherwise pretty boring, match.

  • Jared Monkman

    I thought, “what a dick”, and then i read his username!

  • tomroes

    WritingNazi here: This is a game with a ball which is touched by a foot. Therefore, in Europe, we call it football, not soccer.

    Great picture by the way!

  • Bewar3them00n

    Vinny is a GIANT!

  • Matias Gonua

    wouldn’t it be: errors like these?

  • Nathan Blaney

    “exiting”? or exciting?

  • http://JapanDave.com David LaSpina / JapanDave

    A well known fact, Writing Nazi. But by your logic, hockey should be “stickpuck” and baseball and cricket should be “batball” ;)

    The word soccer comes from England, by the way. It was coined in the 1880s as an abbreviation for association football. US and Canada ran with that term, and so England stopped using it out of spite (or something like that).

  • Rabi Abonour

    This is an American blog, and the American English term for this sport is soccer.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    SpellingNazi, not GrammarNazi! ;)

  • Justice for English

    Uh, no. There’s nothing incorrect about “plural” like “singular”. Aren’t there people like you? Dogs like Rin Tin Tin? Politicians like Weiner?

  • TopdawgCity

    Let’s hope Vinnie can be a giant this season as well.

    BTW, don’t see how association football abbreviates to soccer…

  • Genkakuzai

    Doesn’t make any more sense because of that. It’s still football and handegg in the rest of the world.

  • http://JapanDave.com David LaSpina / JapanDave

    Association → assoc → soc → soccer

    The er was a slang of the 1870s/80s. Other words Brits still use today that come from -er slang are fiver/tenner and champer.

  • Teun

    Not everybody’s native language is English. English is only my third language, so excuse me for any mistakes in spelling and/or grammar.

  • John R

    For a SpellingNazi it should be (I guess if there’s a dollar to be (made) maid from licensing…).”
    Just saying

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  • Matias Gonua

    I don’t understand anything you said.