Circular images and April Fool

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marcoventuriniautieri Regular Member • Posts: 141
Circular images and April Fool

Even before this April Fool's news, I had been often thinking of the "waste" of square/rectangular images.

Historically, books (and magazines) have always been rectangular, and images for these media would "waste" space if circular, not vice-versa.

The necessity of having a "roll" of film also suggests that a partition of the medium proceeds in rectangles: a circular image would waste some film space on a film roll.

However, more generally speaking, in the history of art it is not uncommon the example of oval paintings.

Computer monitors are tied to the rectangular shape because they need to represent web "pages" at the best and pages, of course, are commonly rectangular.

So it really seems that a circular image would be a waste in most cases, rather than a rectangular one. It is very true, however, that in terms of image production - and not image usage - a circular shape would be the one optimally using the available technology.

Long live Rokton.

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