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May 01, 2010 00:17 as a reply to  @ post 10097446 |  #211

The Ghost of FM wrote in post #10097717 (external link)
Nice work, aureliandan! The blending and HDR processing looks essentially invisible, which is very good! ;)

Looks like you managed to keep the camera level left to right but slightly tilted to camera upward which created a mild keystone effect on the height of the building. Are you making use of any kind of bubble level on your tripod or camera? If not, I'd suggest that you do. Very mild key-stoning can look very natural but anything beyond "mild" will look off.

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Thanks! I've just received the TS-E 17 so this is the first image :)
The camera used was a Canon 40D (1.6x) and I was very close to the building, with the landscape orientation, in order to keep the top of the building in frame I had to tilt the camera up taking care not to exaggerate. Now I understand what a FF camera can do in combination with a TS-E 17mm lens so my next body will not be 7D but 5D MII :)
Anyway your comments and samples from this thread was of great help, thank you for that!
I have a geared head (Manfrotto 410) with bubble level and another 3 way bubble on top of the camera so the first step is to keep everything leveled.

The same building in portrait orientation with 8mm shift:

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May 01, 2010 04:44 |  #212

aureliandan wrote in post #10099692 (external link)
Thanks! I've just received the TS-E 17 so this is the first image :)
I have a geared head (Manfrotto 410) with bubble level and another 3 way bubble on top of the camera so the first step is to keep everything leveled.

The same building in portrait orientation with 8mm shift:

That looks like just about the right amount of perspective correction to me. And I thnk your HDR and vertical pan work is excellent.
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May 01, 2010 10:57 |  #213

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You really are a craftsman Jeff...lots of interesting ways of using this lens...thank you for sharing the ideas.
Here's a plain ordinary night shot....

Thanks and nice building night shot! ;) Looks like you really got a nice exposure that didn't blow out the building's lighting.

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May 01, 2010 11:05 as a reply to  @ The Ghost of FM's post |  #214

I went out early this morning as the weatherman was calling for rain and wanted to get some shooting in before the storm. I've been wanting to shoot this church north of the city since I got this lens as I shot it last year with my 17-40L zoom lens and the perspective distortions were horrific! :o

Anyway, these are all fresh shots, all free of that evil key-stoning and were shot as HDR's to catch the drama of the cloud cover and the left profile shot, a 3 shot stitched shot in non-HDR middle exposure.....



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May 02, 2010 15:30 |  #215

Another attempt with 40D & TS-E 17mm with CS5 HDR
This lens is very interesting :) and the HDR from CS5 produces results very close to reality

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May 02, 2010 16:34 as a reply to  @ aureliandan's post |  #216

Very nice! I like the architecture around there!

I wish I had more older building around where I live to shoot but almost everything is newer construction which I find really cold compared to the older buildings with the classic design lines and building materials.

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I've processed a couple more of that church from yesterday with a winterized theme...


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May 02, 2010 20:02 |  #218

I love my TS lenses. I think shift works very well if not over done. For me, I don't like how things look when pushed, doors that look wider than they should be, tops of church steeples that look to be top heavy, etc. Eliminating converging verticals at the cost of perspective distortion?


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May 02, 2010 20:26 |  #219

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I love my TS lenses. I think shift works very well if not over done. For me, I don't like how things look when pushed, doors that look wider than they should be, tops of church steeples that look to be top heavy, etc. Eliminating converging verticals at the cost of perspective distortion?

Well, the trick to eliminating as much distortion as possible is to shoot with longer lenses from greater distances but that's not always practical.

Sometimes, I try to correct the perceived vanishing point by using the Liquify tool in Photoshop to bring back the angles a bit but that's tricky to do because you're using a circular tool on a squarish object so it takes lots of practice to use that tool effectively. In other cases, I have made copies of the offending sections of a building and reworked their perspectives as stand-alone objects and then blended them back into the shot...but this too is a lot of work to do to fix a lens distortion.

Below is an example of that...


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If you compare the top of the church's bell tower on this shot to the one of it above in my previous original post of this church, (post #214) you'll see the angles have been reduced by reshaping that section alone and by replacing the sky behind it.

In post #217, I used the Liquify tool to tame the top of the church on the first shot.

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May 02, 2010 21:13 |  #220

The Ghost of FM wrote in post #10108244 (external link)
I've processed a couple more of that church from yesterday with a winterized theme...


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Was this from last winter Jeff, or are you a weather god? Most impressive.


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May 02, 2010 21:54 |  #221

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Was this from last winter Jeff, or are you a weather god? Most impressive.

They were taken yesterday, the same as the others.

The winterizing effect was something I dreamed up in Photoshop as sometimes a church looks nicer with a bit of a winter/Xmas look to them.

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May 02, 2010 21:59 |  #222

Ghost, is that in Brampton? I know that church but can't figure out where from....


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May 02, 2010 22:02 |  #223

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Ghost, is that in Brampton? I know that church but can't figure out where from....

It's in Markham, on Leslie St. a bit north of Major Mackenzie.

Do you have a church like that in Brampton too?

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May 02, 2010 22:15 |  #224

Yeah, I think so. Been a while since I've been by there. It looks very familiar but I'm not out the Markham way very often.


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May 02, 2010 22:32 |  #225

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Worked on many houses this week. Some nice shots..

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You like my fake blue sky?? it's been raining for a week straight so I had no choice!


So how wide is this door?


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