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The old telephone

By pablophotographer
Hi all.
Seeing this again it seems it needs some more light, it looked bright enough on the telephone screen when I shot it.
Anyway, this comes to serve as an exercise in verticals. Tough job as neither the masking tape on the door frame is absolutely vertical nor the door as it looks to us, half open. The radiator is a no-no helper.
If my eyes see this right it may need one degree rotation to the left from the bottom.
But I think it can be a good exercise to find the vertical and horizontal alignments as it is shot from an angle pointing slightly downwards.
I had mentioned something about the lines in my critique contributions recently.
Let's put theory to the test!

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2018 3:20PM
More light definitely needed. Look at the histogram!

As regards straightness, it's a matter of perception as much as reality. What looks 'right', what is comfortable to the eye. There are situations where converging verticals are distinctly uncomfortable, looking down as we are doing here tends to do that; whereas when looking upwards, 'corrected' verticals look totally false.

Being pedantic I would look for a vertical near to the centre of the frame, and that's the side of the telephone socket. Everything should then flow from that. So I shall see what that gives...

But if you crop some of the empty space away from the right, of course that can change everything...

(I live in a house that's relatively modern but does not seem to possess a single true right angle. )

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2018 3:42PM
Back again, mods uploaded. I made a Levels adjustment to get some light on the wall. Then rotated clockwise to get the telephone socket vertical. Even when looking up or down, the vertical at the centre of the image should be true.

Second mod - I skewed the bottom corners out. The corner of the room is now vertical, but we are still clearly looking down so the angles in the edge of the door and the radiator are I think acceptable. Remember that we do see these angles but to a considerable extent the human brain overrides them, we are not aware of them unless we make an effort to see them.

The crop seems tidier, more compact.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
2 Aug 2018 5:06PM
I hope its not being painted black and white...
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
2 Aug 2018 9:25PM
I live in an Edwardian semi-detached house. Older buildings are not necessarily as square as more modern ones...

My wife once bought a wallpaper for the kitchen, and started to hang it: it consisted of one-inch diagonal squares. She started in a corner, went round the room and Had A Problem.

As one of my work colleagues put it - 'You picked a right good 'un there, our Janet!'

Rotate, Skew, Levels.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
2 Aug 2018 10:00PM
Avoid geometric patters wallpaper at all costs!

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