Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge
This week’s my shots have been straightened using
Picasa (a free download from Google) and also Photoshop.
The biggest problem I discovered was that I would
straighten one line and another would look crooked…
not horizontal or vertical.
I believe the horizon is level, however the masts are all
over the place and their reflections exacerbate the issue.
What do I make level or vertical.
Initially, I made the left mast vertical,
however, after reading Cee’s post this morning and
now think it easier to accept masts that
are ‘off kilter’ rather than a wharf
which appear to run downhill.
I went to great lengths to level my horizon,
but I am sure there is a hollow in the middle of the photo.
However, I think the foreground is distracting.
The fence and vines are being grown on a hillside
and my eyes are drawn down to the left of the photo
which is unnatural.
I find Picasa easy to use for a ‘quick fix‘…
a bit of shadow, cropping, straightening,
and adding a bit of shadow.
For more precise editing, I now use Photoshop.
My first editing program was IrfanView (freebie)…
a basic program which I also still use.
However, as far as I know straightening horizons
is not possible in IrfvanView.