The Hyperopia-Myopia Struggle

This week’s photo challenge is NEAR AND FAR.

When I read the title, the first thought that popped into my head was Celine Dion singing the love song at the end of Titanic, My Heart Will Go On: “…Near, far, wherever you are I believe that the heart does go on…” You know, I still haven’t seen that 1998 Academy Award-winning movie (Oscars for Best Picture and Best Song, just to name two of the 11 trophies it garnered), and I do enjoy seeing Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio up on the big screen.

Anyway, the second thing that popped into my head was eyesight. Yep, eyesight, or lack thereof.

The NEAR AND FAR challenge is to demonstrate a photo that maintains its focus throughout while taking the viewer from the crisp forefront to the depths of deep perspective. Unless we’re blessed with 20/20 vision or close to it on either side, this challenge, sans a camera, to see clearly, is a real struggle for those of us with hyperopia (farsightedness) or myopia (nearsightedness). I happen to be a member of the latter, but I’m not a shortsighted, narrow-minded person.

Of course our digital cameras and their lenses, with the iA (intellegent Auto) setting, have 20/20 vision, but still rely on mere mortals – hyperopic, myopic or eagle-eyed – to ensure that proper focus, framing, correct lighting and controlled speed all come together in perfect harmony to capture the shot.

Here’s my take on NEAR AND FAR, what I call THE HYPEROPIA-MYOPIA STRUGGLE. If you’ll “focus” your attention on the following frames – feel free to squint if you have to – I promise that I’ll finally screen Titanic.

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Tom: Your photos are really great .You do have that gift .I loved those narrow streets with boats in thew canals. The ocean photos were beautiful..all were great.


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