Old 08-24-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default Trouble Leveling Steam Engines

I can't seem to figure out how to level the horizon on steam shots. I haven't been able to get any of the following images correct.


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Old 08-24-2012, 04:35 PM   #2
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Here are the original ones un-cropped. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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First two, you appear to be leveling at the edge, which makes everything else not level and the far side particularly so. In most cases you want to level at the middle.

In the third, I think you level on the pole in the background, which is not in the middle and the right side is clearly unlevel. The key is balance across the frame.

In the nose-on shot, try leveling on the smokestack, keeping in mind that it is not a cylinder, it gets wider as you go up, so neither side will be perfectly vertical, rather the central axis.

Or do a perspective adjustment so that verticals are vertical all across the frame. That is my preference but it is a matter of taste only.

The side shot, that is a 4-6-2 not a 2-6-0.
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