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Can the verticals in my brain be off...?

 
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Jun 02, 2011 15:16 |  #16

sapearl wrote in post #12522327 (external link)
I'm usually off about 2 degrees from level.

Just added that to my sig... :-)


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Jun 02, 2011 15:24 |  #17
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For this reason I appreciate the level in the 7Ds viewfinder. Really helpful sometimes. It's also a lot easier to use than the levels on my tripod head..


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Jun 02, 2011 15:26 |  #18

Being on these forums, I'm betting it's more than 2 degees, fellas. ;)


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Jun 02, 2011 15:40 |  #19

My girlfriend used to laugh at me how crooked my horizons would be until she start using an SLR and all her pictures are the same. Mine are always crooked, but less with the 7D and the grid overlay. I still generally correct most that need a flat horizon.


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Jun 02, 2011 15:41 |  #20

Snydremark wrote in post #12523982 (external link)
Being on these forums, I'm betting it's more than 2 degees, fellas. ;)

Agreed.


Anyway, is it just me, or is the text box on this site more of a parallelogram than a rectangle?


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Jun 02, 2011 15:42 |  #21

tkbslc wrote in post #12522555 (external link)
With a point of reference we know to be level, yes we can easily match it. But as someone who has worked in the construction industry, I can tell you that without bubble levels, squares, chalk lines, and string, you would not want to try and build a straight wall. I would love to see a brick wall done without string and a level.

You can match either horizontal or vertical within ±0.5° even without a reference line. In a scene with many other lines slightly off vertical or horizontal, there is interference in the brain, and matches become skewed away from vertical. I think this is why it is valuable to have bubble levels, etc. However, the 500 year old Inca architecture at Machu Piccu is almost perfect, and I don't think they used bubble levels.


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Jun 02, 2011 15:49 |  #22

tkbslc wrote in post #12524077 (external link)
Agreed.


Anyway, is it just me, or is the text box on this site more of a parallelogram than a rectangle?

Isn't a rectangle a parallelogram anyways? ;)


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Jun 02, 2011 15:53 |  #23

HughR wrote in post #12524087 (external link)
. However, the 500 year old Inca architecture at Machu Piccu is almost perfect, and I don't think they used bubble levels.

Plumb lines, squares and water-based leveling tools have been used since ancient Egypt, so don't be too sure about that.


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Jun 02, 2011 16:02 |  #24

I always blame the curvature of the Earth for my dodgy horizons.:lol::lol:




  
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Jun 02, 2011 16:10 |  #25

Horizons are why they invented the crop tool.


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Jun 02, 2011 17:24 |  #26

For me ... its just not paying attention.
With my eye to the viewfinder, I have enough to occupy my brain trying to get aperture, shutter, iso, some reasonable composition & decent timing.

I dont even 'see' the camera frame & its relation to horizontal. I just try to keep it straigt & fix in post if needed.


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Jun 02, 2011 17:32 |  #27

DAMphyne wrote in post #12524263 (external link)
Horizons are why they invented the crop tool.

Or the Ruler Tool in Photoshop.


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