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Topic: A Level Shot?
Username: JayDavis
Posted 2004-05-13 17:07:04 and read 2214 times.

I had this one rejected and have a question about it. When the planes come down the taxiway at DFW at this particular location, all planes are going to show up as "not level". So how do you adjust it? I understand you can rotate the canvas in Photoshop or some other program but then, more or less, the photo becomes a "fake" in my view

Here is the shot that was rejected.

Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: Dcrusafon
Posted 2004-05-13 17:15:16 and read 2190 times.

In my opinion (I started to add pic two months ago), the photo is unleveled according to the experience that I have had with my pictures. I think that you have to rotate the picture and center the plane...

This is what I think



Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: Sulman
Posted 2004-05-13 17:19:58 and read 2189 times.

That's a tricky one. I don't think you can apply any geometric reference to it. I would rotate it till it 'looks' right.

Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: MAS A330
Posted 2004-05-13 17:32:26 and read 2177 times.

I think it would look right if you rotated it just a tad clockwise

Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: PH-OTO
Posted 2004-05-13 17:44:30 and read 2161 times.

Not a tricky one: it is crooked.
Check the horizon: it is sloping down from right to left, rotate clockwise and it is saved. My guess is 0,5-0.75 degree or something.The horizon is not the best reference point there is, but it is all you can work with in this shot, so it'll have to do.


Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: JeffM
Posted 2004-05-13 18:25:50 and read 2129 times.

Just check the light poles on both sides in the background. It needs some rotation to the right, not much, but a little.

Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: JayDavis
Posted 2004-05-13 21:06:33 and read 2064 times.

Well to me, it looks already leveled.........and I did rotate it.
I am saying, that I think if I rotated it anymore, it wouldn't look natural.

I can't explain my point, that is one of my problems..........

The angle that this jet is heading towards us at the LH Cargo facility always seems to make the planes look unlevel.

That is what I am trying to get at, or so I think.............


Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: Mygind66
Posted 2004-05-13 23:51:25 and read 2010 times.

As JeffM says is a bit crooked to the left.

This is a matter already commented in the forum but is no so difficult to resolve. In my case I use Photoshop CS, rightclick on "eyedropper tool", then in " measure tool", go to these light poles an measure one from top to bottom. Click on "image", "rotate canvas", arbitrary" and the program will tell you how much is recommended to crook in order to have the photo level to the horizon.

Good luck


Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: F4wso
Posted 2004-05-14 03:28:10 and read 1968 times.

I use a slightly different method for level. The crop tool can be rotated and moved about the image. I check it against a building, light pole, or horizon (if it is level) with the image greatly enlarged. This saves the measuring step with the eyedropper.

When I did aerial photography for a living taking farm photos, I was given a Nikon F3 that had a grid in the viewfinder. Digital cameras are not instantaneous so it is tough to keep the camera level when panning.
Cottage Grove, MN

Topic: RE: A Level Shot?
Username: JeffM
Posted 2004-05-14 04:12:34 and read 1965 times.

The Nikon D100 has a view finder grid that you can turn on or off. I miss that in the 10d.

Jay, I know what your saying about looking level vs. actually being level. It is your angle (perspective) to the aircraft that makes it look odd. Just make it "look" level and it should get in.

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