Focal Length: 16 mm
Aperture: f 10
Exposure time: 4 sec
Capture date: 2009-Jan-08 23:46
Posted Around 5 years ago
On Thursday, I still had nothing to post and I try to upload at least one photo every week. So just before leaving the house, I took my camera with me as I planned to shoot something after work. Unfortunately, this didn't work out because I was too late (something for the future though..), so I had to improvise. I thought of a place where I spend my childhood playing soccer and basketball and I remembered the lights on the field when it was dark. When I got there -I hadn't been there in years-, it was pretty much as I remembered it, so I took my camera and tripod and started walking in the snow, still wearing the office clothes and shoes, no hat, no gloves and it was freezing and windy. To make things even more dramatic ;), I was feeling a bit sick. Anyway, this little story is not because you guys would feel sorry for me and leave a comment.. don't worry. ;)
On a more technical note: this is the first time I used a tool to get rid of the "barrel distortion". I used PTLens and to be honest, I'm quite happy with it. In fact, only for the second time since the beginning of this blog, I uploaded a jpg export of the original RAW file, so you can see the difference. You can find it here. I wonder if there are people who actually love barrel distortion? Maybe even love it so much that they prefer the original photo? Let me know!..
Also, I edited the photo in a dark room with almost no light except for the screen I'm working on, so I hope it's not too dark when viewed in broad daylight?
What do you think of "25 floors but nobody around"?
Tim, it's not really that stupid :) ... I don't mean the colors and the exposure and light: I know it's better in the processed one. I was talking about the distortion only.. maybe some people love the weird perspective because it's a bit surreal or adds a bit of drama and makes the photo less... ordinary? Anyway.. I have to think about that. It's strange after all these years of shooting photos, to suddenly *not* see the distortion at 16mm :)
..and thanks for the comments everyone!
This processed version looks much better, no I don't like the distortion, I mostly try to remove it manually using the perspective option in Photoshop crop and after that stretch it a bit to compensate for the height loss...
The b&w is very appropriate for this. Very nice job, love the surreal atmosphere this gives.
I really like the tone/color in this photo. Gives it a late night cold feeling. I'm also digging many of your other photos which have a simple clean feel. Ah and I like the correction better than the original. Subscribed!
hehe! i like hearing these kinds of backstories to photos! what i find really interesting is that you took a long exposure and it wasnt at all interrupted by a passing plane. its a rarity for me, but i suppose that has more to do with where i live!
First of all, very effective photo. The sense of solitude it outstanding.
I love barrel distortion for some things. For other things I don't. A scene like this I would have corrected, too. I use photoshop to do it...I may try out that software you're talking about.
And no, it's not too dark to me. If I'm not mistaken that's how you're supposed to edit photos if your montitor is calibrated correctly, and that's how you're supposed to view them if that's how your monitor is calibrated correctly. Looks great to my eyes.
I like this one much better than the distorted image. I can't imagine standing out there in the dark of night with such cold temps and the wind that must have accompanied it. Not to worry, I don't feel sorry for you:-) I've done some really stupid things to capture images and they didn't even turn out to be post worthy:-) This is an excellent capture.
Great exposure, the blocks on the right look really cool with those lights.
Think I like this one better than the original when it comes to distortion, but I have to say, if you look closely you see some unnatural lines higher up in the buildings. But hadn't you mentioned it I probably wouldn't have noticed. ;)
Love your portfolio from what I've seen so far. Really admirable work. I've subscribed to your feed, so I look forward to seeing what you do in the future. Additionally, thank you for the kind words on my blog. Always nice coming from a photographer like you.
I like the processed image also way more than the original. Not only the perspective of the building feels more natural, but also the mood of the picture is dramatically increased by the colour correction etc.
Very nice picture ! (worthy as wallpaper material imho)
Jan 28, 2009
I think it's strange I'm the only one who likes the original photo much better! I like the warm yellow colour of the lights, and the buildings leaning over give a special tension to the picture. And the red curtains on the windows give a warm nice feeling in the cold and desolate night...