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Have to go against the tide here, and say that to my eye, this picture definitely DOES have a three D effect. The faces perse, DO NOT themselves exhibit much dimensionality, but the picture taken as a whole definitely does. I see three very different levels of separation here, provided by, what I think, are three primary factors in creating the effect ......... color, brightness, and focus.
The two figures are clearly and crisply separated from the background spatially. Both color and DOF are at play here. Bright colors attract the eye, dark one's don't. The background is much darker than either of the figures, in effect, pushing the background farther back, and bringing the figures farther forware. The DOF provides additional spatial layer separation
Both foreground figures are brighter than the background, but the figure on the right is wearing a white collar, the brightest part in the picture, which pulls the eye and visually separates him from the center figure, in addition to the fact that he gives the impression of being slightly closer.
Yes, the lighting seems flat, dulling any three D modeling effect on the faces themselves, and other parts of the shot. But I definitely see three very separate spatially different layers in the photo ......... background, center figure, and rights rigure, which definitely give a sense of dimension to my eye.
I think we aren't disagreeing here, just use the terms somewhat differently. I use the term '3D' only when I get a real sense of being able to "feel" the shape of the objects or some object in the photo. In this photo, I get a sense of depth, but I don't get the feel of any shape. Everything in the photo could be a cutout. In fact, the two gentlemen in the photo don't even have a clear depth-relationship. The guy on the left could easily be talking to someone standing in front of the guy on the right, but outside the photo.
Yes. I agree with Carsten completely. There is "depth" separating the figures from the background but there are no 3-D qualities as I use the term. 3-D in this context means the ability to convincingly and palpably convey the illusion of 3-D dimensional form in the 2-D image. The 2 figures here are very flat and do not give the impression of 3-Dimensional form, shape or mass.