I've been sitting here looking at a picture I shot a couple days ago and just decided it's time to ask about something that has always puzzled me. I enjoy mountain biking and usually take a camera along on rides. One thing has always frustrated me about taking pictures on rides. The terrain in a photo NEVER appears as steep as it is in reality. The rock that Chris is rolling down looks a little steep but not too bad in the photo--maybe a 45-50 degree angle. When actually standing beside it, it looks very near vertical to the point that it hardly looks physically possible to roll down it--more like 80 degrees. Almost every photo I've taken of mountain biking has the same type of effect. I've tried different angles and perspectives, but the steepness of terrain never shows up in the photo as my eye sees it. Why is that? If anything, it seems like a two dimensional photo should tend to compress the depth which would make it appear steeper. Why does a photo tend to level the hills? Does a wide angle lens make it worse? This was shot with the P14. There's got to be some geometry or optical principles at work here that cause it. And if that's the case, it should be possible to work around it. Any ideas?