Time to Post Some Photos Up in Here
Well it's time to start posting some sample photos of my first couple of week's shooting! First up, this lovely apartment building in Harvard Heights. This structure is one of the first I saw on my initial sojourn to the area, (as described in the original Kickstarter Video). I've been using a collapsable ladder and 'magic-arm' to get some height for the shoots as I find shooting from street level for this project more than just a bit dull and pedestrian.
The idea with the ladder and arm is to have the camera lens positioned half-way on the vertical access between the ground and the top of the building to give a more 'architect's plan' type of view of the building. In our realm of the digital if one is going for a specific effect like this one always has to ask what the is the limit of digital manipulation. For instance, if I'm really going for a 'plan' type of image is it appropriate to correct for various distortions brought about by the camera lens or placement of the camera? Notice the two images below. The one on top is the original image, (corrected for white balance, dust on the lens etc.), the one on the bottom has had, in addition to color corrections, the perspective altered in photoshop to give it a more 'plan' look. Notice the sides of the building on the image on the bottom are now parallel with the vertical axis of the image.
This question of what and when is appropriate to alter an image is one I'll be grappling with over the duration of Untold LA.