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Saturday, February 11, 2017

One more note about size

One of the first things you learn if you're interested in photography is how much better your brain is than your camera.

If you take a lot of pictures, you get used to how different the photographic image is from what your eye sees, because your camera doesn't have that clever brain to reinterpret and reassemble the image for you. For example, you can look at a building in shadow and see the sky behind it as blue, but in your photos the sky will probably be white because the camera can't resolve different exposures the way your brain can.

In architectural photography, the camera distorts angles and perspective and buildings curve where they should be straight and lean at improbable angles and you have to correct the distortions with software. If you have multiple buildings, or if one is particularly tall, it's sometimes hard to make it look real.

The Grand Mosque was so huge that even the simplest composition -- looking across the courtyard, looking along the arcade -- came out looking like something in a funhouse mirror. The pavements curved. The minarets leaned.

Here's one example which I couldn't quite manage to fix.

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