Getting Started: Distorted Architecture

by Shane Thomas July. 16, 2011 4911 views

So photographing a building. That should be easy - right? Just grabbed these two quickly during a shopping trip. Got me thinking about loads of stuff.

1) My sky never - and I mean never - looks like sky. Following a great tip concerning exposure for highlights rather than shadows (thanks Sadhya!) there is certainly a huge improvement. But, there's more to this I'm sure. I've a feeling there's some sort of filter needed to get the sky that I'm expecting to see in my shot or I'm doing something very, very wrong. In these examples, I'd say it was the lazily wide aperture (see EXIF).

2) If the focal length is poorly selected (see EXIF); distortion is accentuated by nature of the straight lines of the building. I'd love to pretend that these lines were a deliberate attempt at artistic representation. I briefly considered turning them high-contrast B&W and calling it “art” (heheh!).

This is a learning experience for me. So, I've decided that whilst the shots are not even closely related to what was in my mind when I hit the shutter release, I've learned a lot in taking them. For this reason, here they are in their skewed and poorly contrasted glory for the sake of posterity.

Lesson Learned: think before you blink (which is weird when you consider that yesterday I thought I should think less). Ain't photography fun!

Take a newbie (me) that has no idea how to take photographs. Next, grab an entry level Nikon d3100 with 18-55VR stock lens and set both to full manual. Then, try to take photographs and have the end result resemble what was in my mind when I clicked the button.

Bent out of shape…

Mega distortion…

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Kaz Terlesky 9 years, 6 months ago

All the technical stuff aside (seeing as I can't even begin to think like that) I like the shots :)

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Sadhya Rippon 9 years, 6 months ago

I suggest you put these questions into the forum, as with a bit of luck Stefan (Revenant) will come up with all the answers you are looking for.
You are really entering the technical zone here.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Art Bee 9 years, 6 months ago

I almost thought you were Revenant for a moment.......

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Shane Thomas 9 years, 6 months ago

Oh, one quick aferthought... ...I'm really on a "don't crop it - compose it" buzz at the moment. In this regard; I'm happy enough! :)

9 years, 6 months ago Edited