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Politics Bidens tower over Carters in viral photo: 'How is this real'

19:01  04 may  2021
19:01  04 may  2021 Source:   news.yahoo.com

Joe Biden-Jimmy Carter Photo Leaves People Confused About How Tall They Are

  Joe Biden-Jimmy Carter Photo Leaves People Confused About How Tall They Are The image of the two couples appears to be distorted, making the Bidens appear much larger than the Carters.The Carter Center shared the photo on Twitter and said: "We're pleased to share this wonderful photo from the @POTUS and @FLOTUS visit to see the Carters in Plains, Ga.! Thank you President and Mrs.

During their trip to Georgia last week, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met with former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter at their residence in Plains, Ga. It was their first in-person get together since Biden took office.

Jill Biden, Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Joe Biden sitting posing for the camera: First lady Jill Biden, former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and President Biden pose for a photo at the Carter family's home in Plains, Ga., Thursday. (Photo via the Carter Center/Twitter) © Provided by Yahoo! News First lady Jill Biden, former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and President Biden pose for a photo at the Carter family's home in Plains, Ga., Thursday. (Photo via the Carter Center/Twitter)

The meeting was held in private, without any reporters present — Jimmy Carter, now 96 years old, has had health problems, and his abilities to speak and hear are diminishing. But the Carters and Bidens did pose for a photo, which was released late Monday by the Carter Center.

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The release of the image of the current and former presidents and first ladies begged two obvious questions:

Are the Bidens giants?

Or are the Carters tiny?

The answers to both questions would seem to be no.

Joe Biden is listed as being 6-feet tall; Jill Biden is 5-foot-6; Jimmy Carter is 5-foot-10; and Rosalynn Carter is 5-foot-5.

The likely explanation is that the photographer used a strong flash and wide-angle lens to capture the group in a tight space, and created an optical illusion in the process.

"Although President Biden is kneeling much farther in front of Rosalynn Carter, the flash reduces shadows, a key part of what allows objects to have depth," the Washington Post explained. "The resulting effect is that Biden and Rosalynn Carter appear to be side-by-side on the same plane."

Biden and first lady Jill Biden meet Jimmy Carter and wife, Rosalynn, during Georgia trip

  Biden and first lady Jill Biden meet Jimmy Carter and wife, Rosalynn, during Georgia trip The president and first lady traveled to Plains, Georgia, to meet Carter and his wife a day after Biden delivered his first joint address to Congress. Your browser does not support this video The president and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Plains, Georgia, to meet the Carters before attending a drive-in rally in Atlanta to mark his first 100 days in office this week. The trip to Georgia, a politically pivotal state that helped Biden win the presidency and secure a razor-thin Senate majority for Democrats, is part of what has been billed the "Getting America Back on Track" tour.

Canon's website offers further explanation:

On images shot with a wide-angle lens, perspective appears to be exaggerated: Nearby objects may look much bigger (and hence nearer) than they really are, and faraway objects look even smaller and further away. This effect also amplifies distances between objects, i.e., things look further away from each other. The shorter the focal length, the bigger the perspective exaggeration effect. The perspective exaggeration effect is why wide-angle lenses are not ideal for shooting portraits or any other subject where it is important for the shape of the subject to be faithfully captured.

No matter, the Internet has had a field day with the photo of the seemingly giant Bidens and tiny Carters.

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Biden's road trip starts as partisan paths loom larger: The Note .
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris hit the road -- a series of trips to mark 100 days in office that could define what the next 1,000 or so look like. It may feel like a campaign -- or, at least, a pandemic-era one, with car rallies, masks and social-distancing protocols. What they're campaigning for is both an agenda and a way to open a path toward getting items on that list done.

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