|Quoting Kulverstukas (Reply 3):|
Does HIF mean that tail must be used in calculation? What about level - I was thinking that radar tower at the right is beacon and used it for leveling photo vertically. Is tail blurry? I can see some softness which is natural for wide shot. Is this photo mendable?
I think the image is as close to perfect as it gets. And I don't say that very often - I have been making images for over 40 years and professionally as well. Composition, light and sharpness are spot on.
Level is perfect. Here's the deal, someone posted about lens distortion affecting the tower. He/She is right, but wrong in the assessment because that does not affect level. The tower being on the edge of the lens makes it curve and although most modern digital cameras correct for that it's not 100%. If you look closely there is just the slightest curvature on the tower. That's lens distortion. Otherwise, its is perfectly straight up "level".
On the landing gear leaning forward: That's the nature of cameras, except for view cameras, which I use more often than digital for my professional images. Without PERSPECTIVE control, as in all the normal cameras out there this is inevitable, and any photographer worth the noun should know this.
Your camera is looking a bit upwards and the tail of the airplane is closer to it. Now think for a minute about those two things. Think about the relationship between the plane of you film (sensor) in relationship to the plane of the aircraft. That's right, they don't match. So, the combination of horizontal and vertical perspective differences between your film plane and subject is exactly what you are seeing. This is more apparent of course the closer you are to your subject, as with a wide angle lens. And it is perfectly acceptable, and creatively cool. The only way to change that would be by using a tilt/shit lens, or a view camera.
Congratulations on a superb image, wish it was mine!