Templeton’s, People’s Palace, Winter Gardens etc
With some odd pics left over from the recent sorties around Templeton’s and the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, mostly squinty or just a bit random, I wondered if there was anything interesting to be found in them.
Turned out there was, and by chance I learned that it was possible to get all three reasonably arranged in a single shot.
The first pic I played with only caught Templeton’s and the People’s Palace, and was way off horizontal, so had to be levelled, then the buildings still looked as if they were leaning into the centre, so more perspective corrections.
Lastly, a new toy for helping edit out stuff like wires and poles was trialled (not used it before) and once I understood it, found it got rid of a white flagpole and some security and street lights that were spoiling the view of Templeton’s – these can be seen in the other pics, for comparison.
This last pair (which should really just be one, but I noticed something) ended up being an exercise in fiddling with perspective adjustment/correction just to get a final image that looked ‘right’ rather than ‘wrong’.
Nothing is ‘square’ in the view – it may look fine to the eye when seen ‘live’ and in context, but when the unaltered pic is seen alone, with rectangular borders, all the buildings look as if they are drunk. Templeton’s is built on a slope, and the ornamental façade joins the block on the right at an obtuse angle, not 90 degrees. The People’s Palace looks as if has been built off the vertical, while the Winter Gardens seem to be both at an odd angle and can look odd as the frame is curved. Just for good measure, that hedge in the foreground is not straight, but is a semi-circular curve.
The final effort still looks as if the various bits are at slightly odd angles, and lean, but are better than the original shot, which I also manage to take with the camera far from horizontal.
And, no, I did not notice that damned twig on the left!
Spot the difference in this bonus pic (it’s not that damned twig – I just decided to try losing it for fun, and was surprised at how easy it was to make it go away):
The obvious difference was… the light in the People’s Palace Viewing Gallery was switched off for the few seconds it took to get the second pic. I wonder why?
It was near closing time, maybe a hint in case anyone was up there.
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