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Harewood House

By Philo  
After a family day out in the grounds of Harewood House I managed to grab 10 minutes before going home to capture the house. Not the best conditions with the sun still quite high in the sky but I probably won't get back there for a while. Deciding how much of the flower beds to include was my composition dilemma here.

Tags: Architecture Gardens Leeds Stately home Landscape and travel Flower beds

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iancatch 11 4 45 England
31 Jul 2012 10:21PM
Love the perspective generated by the ballistrade and angle at which you have captured the house. In terms of composition I think you have done the best you can as if you are like me you always seem to have to cut some off. works very well and like it very much. Great shot in difficult light conditions.


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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
31 Jul 2012 11:09PM
Hi Phil,
I like this. In lots of ways it has a lot going for it but I keep looking at the distortion.
It seems to go beyond being just perspective and foreshortening. Is it caused by that lens or have you adjusted the verticals?
Philo 8 99 83 England
1 Aug 2012 6:35AM
Thanks Ian and Bren, appreciate the feedback. Yes Bren, the verticals have been corrected and I can't honestly decide which I prefer. My V1 looks as if I have over corrected but I am sure they are plumb. V2 uploaded for comparison with verticals left as shot. I do try to get them right in camera but I just couldn't achieve my desired composition.
The correction of verticals debate goes on and I am pretty certain I know which version you will prefer, Bren.Wink
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2012 8:43AM
Both are fine Phil, (This seems to be one of your favourite architectural sites) the distortion in V2 is not excessive and the corrected verticals in V1 makes the building appear to be more majestic. there is an inbetween route of course where you could in V2 make teh RH end the same as the LH end with a tweak of "Distort".

As for the gardens, I feel you have the right balance here with 2/3 sky. Very nice pic Phil.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
1 Aug 2012 11:35AM
V2 without a doubt Phil.
The corrected version is, by comparison, completely unnatural and a good example of how 'correcting' verticals doesn't work with shots taken from an angle across the subject.
The verticals in V1 probably are plumb but the towers at each end appear to flare outwards towards their tops and the centre of the building is falling forwards.
It may be that the lens correction tool, which tends to be more subtle would work here, or another alternative might be to use the marquis tool to isolate just the individual towers and modify them on their own.
Or you could just leave it, which is what I would do!
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2012 4:19PM
its a nice record of the house and garden and its all well polished and exposed as it should be. nice and sharp and good colour.

its not a large house, ive been, but i think the 11mm focal length is acting against you despite the obvious requirement to pull in the foreground. its making the perspective a bit too exagerated. i do like the viewpoint though, so much more dynamic than head on to a structure.

i think the lens distortion correction was worth doing but it looks a bit large at the front for such a short length of building. i think a 24 mm focal length or something but a bit further back may have been easier on the eye.

otherwise cant fault it, just find the perspective a bit exsessive for the size of the building. that effect looks much better on modern structures.

Philo 8 99 83 England
1 Aug 2012 4:39PM
Thanks Frank, I like the idea of partially correcting the verticals. Bren, I think you may prefer that too, certainly over the original.
Thanks Phil for the insight into perspective, I can now see how this technique lends itself more to modern architecture. I only had the 10 -20mm but I wish I would have tried a few shots at the longer end for comparison. Maybe next timeGrin

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