• Members 659 posts
    July 15, 2024, 4:23 p.m.

    I don't have an issue at all with the perspective distortion in the original image.
    Perspective is a fact of life. When we are in the real world, our brain corrects for the perspective distortion that we see all the time and all around us.
    We see a long rectangular building sideways and we KNOW that the nearest front wall of that building is not higher than the back wall that is so far away from us.
    In the same way, I look at the original photo and I KNOW that that table is a normal rectangular surface that is not skewed. That knowledge is subconscious, but it is enough.

    In a sense, I've always found it odd that people feel the need to "correct" perspective in a photo.

    And I've had professional experience with this, like when I photographed for an architectural digest book, and the publisher wanted me to "correct" my images, to make them appear like they were all shot from an imaginary spot roughly halfway up the height of the building, when in reality I had not had access to floors opposite those buildings, much less a crane to take me to the right height.
    So I corrected some of these images and they looked awful, because perspective distortion correction always goes hand in hand with some stretching and compressing of the visual information, resulting in (for instance) a top floor of a large building that was much higher than it had been in reality. There were some photos that I just could not bring myself to torture like that.

    Having said that, you (Dan) did a good job here with the distortion correction.
    Good, but (for me) unnecessary.

  • Members 659 posts
    July 15, 2024, 4:26 p.m.

    Believe it or not, but I had considered Miles Davis and "Kind of Blue".
    You can tell from my first sentence.

    But "Almost Blue" just jumped the queue when I was typing.

    That the album contains "So What" is a clear extra reason why "Kind of Blue" is the better choice.
    I am listening to it now. Bliss.

    (Costello isn't bad though, even if it is not his best album by far.)

  • Members 659 posts
    July 15, 2024, 4:28 p.m.

    Nice catch.
    Good job on the processing.

  • Members 603 posts
    July 15, 2024, 4:47 p.m.

    Ha, Ha.

    I'm kinda sorry about misspelling Kind of Blue.

    Miles wouldn't mind. He'd just blow So What.


  • Members 659 posts
    July 15, 2024, 9:24 p.m.

    Don’t be kinda sorry. It’s sorta right anyway.

  • Members 1065 posts
    July 15, 2024, 9:39 p.m.

    I think everyone is missing the point I was making. You can make a copy of an original painting digitally but the original still can be distinguished and has a different value. An analogue original may be digitally copied but a digital print still isn't the same thing as an analogue print. Unfortunately, as I am now in central Australia, it will be some time before I have the bandwidth to discuss this, or any other matter, in detail.

  • Members 2746 posts
    July 15, 2024, 10:37 p.m.

    Thank you Roel.

  • Members 2746 posts
    July 15, 2024, 10:43 p.m.

    Thank you.

    Yes, most types of editing/corrections are guided by personal taste and preferences.

    They can be used to emphasise or reduce elements or effects in images for viewers to take in and/or consider.

    People sometimes correct distortions so that the image displays as close as possible what they saw at the time.