Old 03-22-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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What is level in your eyes? I took this as a grab shot while waiting for an eastbound climbing the West Slope at Lilly,PA. What would you level from since it appears that some houses are level while others are not? This was shot with a 400mm fixed lens too.

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I did not upload this since it doesn't stand a chance. I thought it would be interesting to discuss since leveling images is an issue with so many photos.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:01 PM   #2
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Needs to go CW a little bit. Everything in the photo aside from the two houses on the right is leaning to the left. Maybe nuke those houses?

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Needs to go CW a little bit. Everything in the photo aside from the two houses on the right is leaving to the left. Maybe nuke those houses?
I wonder if it is mine subsidence that causes this. I can't be lens distortion, correct? I guess it would be better to crop those two houses out, but the picture doesn't lie. Lilly,PA is not level.

BTW, that is the first time an attachment went thumbnail on me...Hmmm
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Regardless of the leveling, the cropping on that is horrible, I dont kow why they didnt reject it for bad cropping
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Regardless of the leveling, the cropping on that is horrible, I dont kow why they didnt reject it for bad cropping
Troy, as I said in my OP, I did NOT upload the photo. I was just looking to discuss how to level this assuming this was the final version. You missed the point.
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Troy, as I said in my OP, I did NOT upload the photo. I was just looking to discuss how to level this assuming this was the final version. You missed the point.
Oh I'm sure he knew, but the TROY has to issue a verdict. I think it's in the rules somewhere.....
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Wait!

Lets all jump in on how "grab shots" are looked down upon.......
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Wait!

Lets all jump in on how "grab shots" are looked down upon.......
One of my favorite grab shots.

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That crop sucks
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What Derek said. Carl, you can pretty much see everything in that photo leaning to the right.
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Dang when I first looked at it I thought is leaning left so I rotated .2 CW. Guess I will undo that and maybe go B/W and try to brighten it some or darken the sky. What else could I do to make it "pop" more so they don't say it is backlit?
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BW was, easy to say in retrospect, not a good choice. I think the issue is "not enough light on the subject", which in this case translates to blah light. The BW, which eliminates the color and also raises the viewer's expectation of seeing tonal contrast, makes this all clear. The original color shot has the feel of what I think of as awkward flat light, although it might benefit from a fresh take on processing.

Maybe set it aside for a few weeks and then start from scratch.
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