05/20/07 83 W, 1 I - + 18 - 15 Former and Historic North Carolina Firehouses

Mike has uploaded a new collection of photos of former and historic NC firehouses to his Flickr site. The 162 photographs were taken over the last three years. Quite a few were "Photoshopped" to correct converging verticals. You know, where straight lines in a photograph appear tilted? Photoshop Elements 5.0 has a Correct Camera Distortion filter that works wonders for that. Next up is learning how to prevent or minimize same when shooting.

I haven’t had my hands on one for years, but in school, we used a “perspective corrective” lense specifically designed for architectural photography. This was before the days of auto-focus and of course digital photography, but it worked on a 35mm film camera. It was pretty much a wide angle with a big knob on the side that would adjust the convergence as the building fell away from you. I recently ran across either an ad or an article in a photography magazine about a location that would rent you a lense at a very reasonable price.

I also recently read about a place that would rent you a radio scanner, so you check it out before you buy!
harkey (Email) (Web Site) - 05/21/07 - 09:34

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