Old 08-09-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Hannah got horizon unlevel. She leveled off the signal pole and crossing gate pole. Any advice on which way to rotate - I'm clueless as usual.

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Old 08-09-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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Tough one, I'd say you got it right, the verticals at the end of the first E look vertical, but the trailing cars look off because of perspective distortion. One approach is to fix that, if you have the software for that.

And ditch the watermark; you've already got a copyright on the lower left and the watermark trashes the nice fog on the hills.
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There is some lens distortion at play here. Even though the right side is level, as you start to look towards the left, you'll notice that the signals on the left side are leaning to the left. You may want to consider fixing the lens distortion. If not, you'll probably need to do some CW rotation to balance the lean that's on the left side.

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Old 08-09-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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O.K. thanks, We'll try to level the distant signals.
I see that she took it at 22mm, I thought she was going to do it at 35mm or higher. I'm no good at wide angle stuff, so we will both be learning something.

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Personally I would use the lasso tool and "level" those poles" in photoshop. That's a pretty nice shot. I also would have composed it and shot it so the crossing signal was not blocking any part of the first locomotive. That's really my only complaint.
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Yes, the front of the train looks good, but the rest of it has a twisted appearance. Squeeze the top in until both sets of signals are parallel, and then level from there. Doing this may cause her to have to crop off the left-most signal in order to get rid of the cropping "wedge" that is left. If this happens, try stretching the bottom instead, but watch that she doesn't make the train look like it is in a fun house mirror.
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My girls know more about photoshop than I do, but none of us knows how to do any of those processes that are prescribed. She'll have to give up on this one if they don't take the last submission.

Thanks for the input, it's appreciated.

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My girls know more about photoshop than I do, but none of us knows how to do any of those processes that are prescribed. She'll have to give up on this one if they don't take the last submission.

Thanks for the input, it's appreciated.
I like the shot. If the current submission is not accepted, send me the original and I will do the perspective correction. One thing in return, you have to promise you won't cover the fog with a watermark.

Contact me offline for the email; I don't care to post it. Click on "JRMDC" at the upper left of this post, choose "Send email to JRMDC", and I'll respond and then you can reply with an attached original.

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Thanks JRMDC for the offer, but it made it on, thankfully. She didn't use the watermark either. I was having all 3 of us use it after the calender fiasco, with all the pictures stolen from this site.

We really, really, want to take a photoshop course, or better yet, some kind of online tutorial on youtube would be great. So far Bethany is our photoshop master - I have to ask her to show me how to use it all the time. I'm still a film guy, and probably always will be.

Thank you one and all for the helpfull info.

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I like the shot. If the current submission is not accepted, send me the original and I will do the perspective correction.
I was going to suggest the same thing. I have done some pro-bono "photoshop hired gun" stuff for a couple people. Sometimes it works, sometimes it dont.

Glad you got this on. It's a welcome change from Larry's truck and electric.
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