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How Best To Level This Shot?

Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:44 pm

How would you level this shot. The harbour wall behind runs diagonally like that, and has a slope built into it.
I did not apply any rotation to the image.


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RE: How Best To Level This Shot?

Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:02 am

Hi Mark,

The only reference I can find are the very small verticals at the wall, thus I would rotate CCW until they LOOK vertical.
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RE: How Best To Level This Shot?

Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:36 am

The water stains on the wall should be more or less straight up and down, maybe you could go with that? Great color in that by the way.
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RE: How Best To Level This Shot?

Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:33 am

Reflections in the water should form a vertical line with the real thing! At least, I've used this idea succesfully a few times.

The waves blur the picture, of course, but if you look carefully there are a few reflections I think you can use, including those of the leftmost point of the prop circle and the navigation light on top of the tailfin.

Based on this a slight CCW rotation is indeed needed.

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RE: How Best To Level This Shot?

Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:47 am

I would be careful with the amount of CCW. The pic as is looks pretty close to level as it is now. Looking at the reflections it's not much at all.
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RE: How Best To Level This Shot?

Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:54 am


Since the wall was built sloped, there is no valid reference in it. I´d use Peter´s advice but with great care. In general I believe the pic is almost level. Maybe some 0,1 or 0,2º CCW will do. Or maybe not. Try it out and if you want post the results here.
I´m a bit more worried, however, about the softness of the image in some parts, specially the blurriness on the right wing. Also be careful with the blown-out whites on the wing edges, for example.

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