Armed with a Nikon D3000, this is a record of my quest to rediscover photography after a 30 year gap, to put snapshots behind me, and to learn how to take great photos that other people would want to own. I have the theoretical knowledge, now I need to build the practical skills, and develop a "photographer's eye".
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I've been working right across the road from this building for nearly 3 years, and often looked up at the pattern formed by its undulating balconies, but only yesterday decided to take a picture of it. I wanted a tall thin vertical format that was focused simply on the shape of the balconies without the context of a building around it. Standing at ground level and looking upwards from just the other side of the street obviously gave me a perspective problem - with the verticals converging towards the top of the image as you can see in the 'before' image on the right..
So I used the 'perspective' correction tool in Photoshop to widen the top of the image until the vertical lines formed by the left and right ends of the balconies lined up with vertical ruler lines. Of course, the image was now a very strange shape and twice as wide at the top as the bottom, so I then cropped the image to just the balconies. I carefully excluded any part of the ends, so the finished article could be just a small section in a huge sea of these oddly shaped balconies - the viewer doesn't know that they are only 2 balconies wide (unless they live in Sydney, and know where the building is).
Looking at the shapes in isolation like this reminds me of a Banksia seed cone. I wonder if that was the inspiration for the architect?