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Jul 28, 2009 02:24 |  #1

With all of the moto racing photos I've been processing lately, it's been a while since I've posted any landscapes, especially HDRs.

I grabbed this 3 shot HDR late on night in SF before they turned the lights off outside. I think that happens around midnight just like other landmarks around there (Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid building, etc...).

I was shot on a tripod (of course) with my Sigma 10-20mm lens.

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Jul 28, 2009 02:25 |  #2

Hot damn, a well done HDR. Too bad it's unlevel.


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Jul 28, 2009 02:38 |  #3

Unlevel how? I've put a grid on it several times and the roof will appear to be sloped since I'm not centered on the building and I'm looking slightly to my right with a super wide angle lens. The columns in the center are pretty darn near vertical...


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Jul 28, 2009 05:08 |  #4
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It's a great shot, but he's talking about the pavement, it's at an angle and it's throwing off the composition..


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Jul 28, 2009 07:45 |  #5

Fantastic shot.

But it isn't level. And I find the buildings on the sides to be distracting, since the real art (IMHO) is the building in the center. Some Photoshop Transformations would do a lot of good.


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Jul 28, 2009 08:10 |  #6

The sidewalk and street make the scene appear unlevel.

But it's an amazing photo.


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Jul 28, 2009 08:13 |  #7

I like this ALOT.

I do think Scottes is right about the horizontal alignment -- feels tilted left. But I really like the leading lines of the builds on the sides. It adds to the drama of this photo, which to me feels alot like a still from "the dark knight".


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Jul 28, 2009 08:16 |  #8

nice shot . nice work


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Jul 28, 2009 15:31 |  #9

I can see what you're saying about the curb and maybe I should crop that out. It's hard to tell, but the curb is not straight across. It's actually a curve at the end of a cul de sac in between the two buildings on either side. I think because I wasn't centered in the cul de sac, the curve doesn't fall off equally on both sides and looks really slanted. Maybe I'll crop and repost ...

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Jul 29, 2009 06:17 |  #10

fly my pretties wrote in post #8355697 (external link)
It's a great shot, but he's talking about the pavement, it's at an angle and it's throwing off the composition..

Agree. It's not unlevel. It was shot a tad off line-of-site center which caused a little paralax. The top of the building is level, the ground is not. It's a brilliant image but I will have to agree the ground is a tiny disorienting.


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Jul 29, 2009 07:18 |  #11

Looking at it again, I see everyone's right. First time I looked at it, I could have sworn it was unlevel, not just shot off-centre!


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Jul 29, 2009 09:45 |  #12

Maybe you could throw a little gradient on it to knock down the foreground a bit.

Maybe its not necessary -- I didn't notice it at first.


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Jul 29, 2009 09:51 as a reply to  @ mattograph's post |  #13

if we all had TS-E 17mm f/4L's, we wouldn't have this problem. ;)


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Jul 29, 2009 20:00 |  #14

I would rotate it 1.5 degrees (maybe 1) clockwise and then crop so that the hedge is in the photo, along with everything else.


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Jul 29, 2009 21:08 as a reply to  @ MikeFairbanks's post |  #15

I think that rotating to correct the ground will only make the rest of the pic appear off-level, specifically the subject - the building - which currently looks ok (level).


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