Tue 09-Dec-14 10:31 AM | edited Tue 09-Dec-14 08:22 AM by jrp
I have the pleasure to meet my college classmates once a year. Was lucky to convince them to make the reunion in a city central to Mexican history, Queretaro, cradle of the Independence from the Spanish rule and burial grounds of the French Monarchy attempt.
My high school days were spent at the local University. The city was the site of my very first torrid love, the encounter with important events in our family's warriors past and surely where my intense passion for photography strengthened, practicing with the remarkable monuments of its golden era of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries.
Laughter abounded, although the conversation turned more serious than in previous years with themes such as the need to find an alternative to the economic growth model.
Eating very well and drinking even better, we took the time to walk the main plazas, churches, convents and government monuments. On the last night, standing in the corner of our colonial hotel I remembered not having photographed the Fountain of Neptune.
It was already dark and late; my tripod was stowed away (not allowed inside of buildings) but decided to make good use of the D700 high ISO possibilities.
Nikon D700 handheld, 14-24mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor @ 14mm; f/2.8, 1/30s; ISO 3200, processed in Photo Ninja (still learning it).
Time to change the priority of the lenses in my wish list, placing the 24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E MF Nikkor at the top again. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Anthony, Gerold, thank you for commenting. It is really hard for me to compose correctly with an ultra-wide angle lens without a tripod, hence the noticeable distortion. The tripod let's me check alignment and correct it. Somehow when hand holding I can't do it well. But I had to shoot it, especially with that surreal blue sky so late at night. Below a version with the vertical lines corrected in Photoshop:
A very nice picture and a great story to go with it.
Re correcting converging verticals, did you use the traditional distortion correction or the new Adaptive Wide Angle filter? The AWA filter is superb, and produces corrections that the old-style filter cannot do.
Thu 06-Dec-12 02:59 PM | edited Tue 09-Dec-14 07:23 AM by jrp
Antero, Thank you for your kind comment.
Your post disappeared before my eyes while replying to it. I surely clicked on the wrong keys.
Your suggestion for using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop had me intrigued, because I never used it before. The name did not ring a bell since I am on CS5.1 (x64) not CS6.
To apply a filter, I first converted the image into a Smart Object (Convert for Smart Filters) and then in Filters Lens Correction searched for the camera model and lens, once both were selected it did nothing to it. There was no matching profile for the combination of D700 with 14-24mm f/2.8 Searching online within Photoshop it found more profiles. Selected the right one and it did a very good job, however not fully corrected.
For the revised version above I applied an Edit Layer Transform Warp instead of the traditional Edit Layer Transform Perspective. A bit more laborious than a single click but effective.
Yes. In this our second youth we need a tasty means to fix calcium. One of our classmates had two vertebrae pulverized when walking downstairs at his home. He now has more plastic in his own body than his camera.
Aberlour! Magnificent; malty, mellow, with a certain spiciness and a subtle touch of mint. Unfortunately I have not found the 16 year old, only the Aberlour 15.