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  1. #1
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    Twin Lights Lighthouse

    Here are a few images I took today of the lighthouse in Sandy Hook New Jersey it is called the Twin Lights Lighthouse.

    Frank

    This is a vertical Pano








    I cannot fix the lens distortion. What is the best way tio fix this?? I tried to use the lens correction tool.
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    HDR from a single RAW image

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    I cannot fix the lens distortion. What is the best way tio fix this?? I tried to use the lens correction tool.
    Nothing to fix. You are using a wide angle and tilting it up slightly, therefore the leaning buildings (if that what you are referring to) is a result of your viewpoint.

    You can use a longer lens and be farther away, but that will flatten things a bit.

    If you make it unnaturally straight, it makes buildings appear to be wider at the top, because we are used to seeing the taper to the vanishing point.

    If you mean something else, then never mind, I don't see it :-)
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    On these shots I was running out of real estate because it was on the side of a mountain.

    Thanks

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    Question A sight adjustment?

    Does this any look better, or did I miss understand the request?

    The original ..... and the "extra crispy"

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    I tried to eliminate the "lean" against the establishment and eliminate some of the atmospheric horizontals.
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    Looks great!! I still haven't figured out how do it. Would you please explain.

    Thanks
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    I tried to eliminate the "lean" against the establishment and eliminate some of the atmospheric horizontals.

    That is the correction that looks unnatural. Now it appears the buildings are leaning away from each other.
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    Lightbulb Straightened out ...

    Thanks, Frank.

    The correction was done in Photoshop

    Steps:
    1. Select > ALL
    2. EDIT > Transform > Distort
    3. Mouse work: Grab the upper-right corner of the selection ... and drag to the right, until the rear lighthouse looks some what correct. Release mouse button
    4. Mouse work: Grab the upper-left corner and tug it to the left, about the same distance as you did the the upper-right corner. (This compensates both sides for the distortion.) As you adjust watch your vertical of the building, to the left side. Make sure it looks as straight as possible, while also adjusting for the vertical of the lead lighthouse. (It is a careful back and forth, to make the image balance.) Release.
    5. Mouse work: Grab the lower right corner of the selection and drag it down, slightly, while watching the right edge line. Try to keep the line as close as possible to prevent image loss when the final cropping occurs. The intent here is to "level" the grass in front of the lead lighthouse. Release.
    6. Mouse work: Drag the upper-right corner of the selection mostly upwards in an effort to correct the circular symmetry of the lead lighthouse windowed top. As you pull up, you will notice it taking on a more "balanced" look, also. You need to cognizant of how this adjustment also plays with other aspects of the image. (as weird as it may seemed, those atmospheric streaks from the jets will actually help determine the correct position of this adjustment, as when they are horizontal, your right there.) Release.
    7. In the end, your image, before you finish the distort adjustment the bounding selection box should look like a trapezoid, with the image properly present inside of it.

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      Again, make sure that the bounding box does not cross into the image, otherwise information will be missing in the corners of the final cut. Click on the selection tool. Press "APPLY"
    8. Use P/S Clone tool to carefully remove unnatural horizontal atmospheric streaks from sky area of image.
    9. Adjust exposure for any brightness, offset and gamma correction.


    I hope this was understandable and useful. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite aspect of Photoshop, especially with architectural correction. In less than 5 minutes, you can have your image looking a whole lot tighter and presenting an almost different attitude. A good rule to remember is that verticals should look ... vertical. Flagpoles ... bolt erect. Light poles ... yep. Telephone poles? Yeah, find one that really is. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    That is the correction that looks unnatural. Now it appears the buildings are leaning away from each other.
    No, again, that does look unnatural. Not only are the lighthouse and chapel (?) leaning away from each other, the line of buildings on the right are now completely off.

    Also, way over-processed.

    Frank, better suggestion is get a really tall tripod and do your best to avoid tipping the camera up or down to get the buildings in frame. That will do a lot to get rid of the distortion.
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