Daily Image - Sep 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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21 Sep 11.  I thought that I had shared an image of Seattle's Smith Tower a while back, but in looking through the collection of images sent from the beginning I can't find such, so I guess all I did was talk about it. To save repeating all the info about it, you can just click the link in blue if you are curious (and you certainly should be). While wandering around the Pioneer Square area of the city on the NWCCC outing, I decided that I'd try capturing a shot of it with little to no interference from traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. That took the better part of 15 minutes and even then I wasn't totally successful, although I limited the damage to just 2 cars, one of which appears twice, and will give you a hint as to what kind of image this is.Of course, getting the actual building to look like it really does is a real challenge without the use of a view camera or a very expensive shift and tilt lens, neither of which I have available, so I had to resort to some software trickery to make the building appear straight up and down without rendering the rest of the buildings into something grotesque. To do this I employed an old friend, the free transform tool, and carefully "adjusted" the image to render the main subject straight and tall, then further manipulated it to bring the remaining fixtures into a proper perspective. The slanting building in the lower left of the frame actually is level, but as you are viewing it from the bottom of a relatively steep hill, it looks to be going downhill even to your naked eye. It being a rather stormy and gray day, I chose to convert the original color image to B&W which I feel gives the entire setting both character and strength.  ISO 200; 1/641 sec (middle of 5 exposures) @ f / 9.

21 Sep 11. I thought that I had shared an image of Seattle's Smith Tower a while back, but in looking through the collection of images sent from the beginning I can't find such, so I guess all I did was talk about it. To save repeating all the info about it, you can just click the link in blue if you are curious (and you certainly should be). While wandering around the Pioneer Square area of the city on the NWCCC outing, I decided that I'd try capturing a shot of it with little to no interference from traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. That took the better part of 15 minutes and even then I wasn't totally successful, although I limited the damage to just 2 cars, one of which appears twice, and will give you a hint as to what kind of image this is.Of course, getting the actual building to look like it really does is a real challenge without the use of a view camera or a very expensive shift and tilt lens, neither of which I have available, so I had to resort to some software trickery to make the building appear straight up and down without rendering the rest of the buildings into something grotesque. To do this I employed an old friend, the free transform tool, and carefully "adjusted" the image to render the main subject straight and tall, then further manipulated it to bring the remaining fixtures into a proper perspective. The slanting building in the lower left of the frame actually is level, but as you are viewing it from the bottom of a relatively steep hill, it looks to be going downhill even to your naked eye. It being a rather stormy and gray day, I chose to convert the original color image to B&W which I feel gives the entire setting both character and strength. ISO 200; 1/641 sec (middle of 5 exposures) @ f / 9.

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