Thursday, November 18, 2010

how high?



a strangely skewed photo of the balconies at pilgrim towers, one of pasadena's retirement communities. 

after several years of taking photos, i'm still not quite sure on why some pictures turn out looking warped as this photo does.  i'm sure it has something to do with the curvature of the camera lens, but that is as far as i get.

8 comments:

Petrea said...

I get this too, with my Olympus, but not with the Canon. John explained it to me but I don't remember. The fancier cameras don't do it, I guess, or if you step back further the effect decreases or goes away.

Still, I think the effect works for this shot!

ben wideman said...

This explains why it happens and how architectural photographers correct for it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt-shift_photography

A friend passed that on today.

Glad you like the shot!

Brenda's Arizona said...

The curvature makes this shot, ya think? It is just subtle enough...
Why does my neck ache looking at it? You have captured the upward shot, making us feel as if we are looking upward ourselves!

ben wideman said...

Thanks Brenda!

Anonymous said...

For $25 PTLens will fix any and all such issues.

ben wideman said...

Thanks A. Unfortunately, I use a simple point and shoot camera without interchangeable lenses.

Petrea said...

I looked up PT Lens. It's software. http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/

It probably wouldn't be necessary with the better editing programs, but of course I have iPhoto, which I would call a lot of things, but not "better."

ben wideman said...

Agreed. That's what I use too.