Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA  

Bing Crosby Theater Stage by Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA

October 2019 - Bing Crosby Theater Stage

About the Image(s)

Bing Crosby had his start in Spokane WA and the theater where he played has been renamed in his honor. This theater is about, I think over 100 years old. Much has not changed. Shot with my new Samsung S10+ phone with the panoramic 123 degree field of view lens. This is a single shot with no crop. Even with this wide lens notice the curve of the top is not extreme, the perspective distortion is because the phone is tipped down significantly. Shot at ISO 500, 1.8mm, f/2.2, 1/30 sec Converted in Nik Silver Efex. I was starting to think of not having my mono so dark, but Cole Thompson our featured speaker on B&W likes dark images, so why shouldn't I?

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8 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The centered stage works well. The reflections on the arms of the seats set off the charis nicely even with the dark tones. The image stabilization is impressive.   Posted: 10/08/2019 11:13:44

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I would like the image more with the perspective corrected. Perhaps Snapseed could both rotate it clockwise a few degrees and also tilt it up.
I relied solely on my Pixel 3 for 3 weeks and 7000+ images in Italy this Sept. it has shortcomings but overall I was very happy with my decision. I will consider upgrading to Pixel 4 when it gets released.

I was very impressed with what I saw on my friend's 10+, so I'm sure you will continue to be pleased with it too.   Posted: 10/09/2019 17:09:10
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Shirley just checked with someone at Verizon asking if the new iPhone 11Pro is as good as the Samsung 10+ 5G. He said the Samsung camera is 110% better. Sounds like no comparison in his opinion. She would like the upgrade, but not the learning curve of changing vendors. Yes, I could correct perspective and straighten, but what you see is just a monochrome conversion and removing a few hot spots on the seats near the bottom edge.   Posted: 10/09/2019 19:23:15

Don York   Don York
This is a great image, especially with high contrast. The patterns of the ceiling stage and the rows of seats really pop!   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:10:51

John Roach   John Roach
Stan, I like the image in all regards (tonality, panoramic impact, depth, symmetry, and story). My only immediate reaction was that I felt it was a need for some lens correction.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:24:42

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Super picture, I think. I'd prefer it a little less dark, but it does give a nice, sombre feeling, and emphasises where the action will be. My only change would be a few degrees clockwise rotation, it seems a little off to the left to my eye.

Further evidence in favour of the argument made by Topaz Labs recently that in future the design of cameras will depend more on image processing software than on the limits of hardware. When will someone bring out a small compact that removes some of the ergonomic limitations of phones, ie lack of viewfinder, awkward to hold, awkward to adjust. Or am I just all thumbs?
  Posted: 10/15/2019 06:29:17
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I find it hard to get it framed just the way I want it as you can probably see in this uncorrected image. As Stuart indicates, "awkward to hold". I would want perfect symmetry in an image like this and I didn't achieve it. The phone seems to limit distortion more than I expect, but the camera is held pointing down at the stage resulting in a lot of perspective shift which I probably should correct if I am to take this image seriously. For this wide a lens the curvature in the top straight line is pretty good in my opinion for being so close to the edge.   Posted: 10/17/2019 00:01:08
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, you were just a tiny bit to the right of centre, I see now that I look closely. Amazing how this lens has exaggerated that "error". Maybe a little cropped off the right will reduce the effect?   Posted: 10/17/2019 03:10:35