Helen Sweet  

The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco by Helen Sweet

May 2021 - The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

May 2021 - Helen Sweet


About the Image(s)

The Palace of Fine Arts is one of the few remaining structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exibition, intended to show the world, at the time of the opening of the canal, that SF had recovered from the 1906 earthquake and fire. Bernard Maybeck based his design on ancient Greek and Roman structures.
Taken late in the day with my Sony 3600a, Sony 10 -18 mm lens at 14 mm, f/8. 1/250. When I used transform--> skew to diminish the key stoning, the building got squatty. Don't want to change the proportions on this well-known local structure. . . .especially if I'll submit it to my club. On the other hand, since one looks up at it, the key stoning seems natural. I've submitted a second with the distracting (to me) area of dappled sunlight softened. It's still visible despite lotsa work with burning and cloning. I realize the solution is to go back at a different time of day. But, absent that, which do you prefer?

5 comments posted

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
I like the one that you have submitted as the main image. I like the foreground and more light falling on one side of the structure. Its the blank sky which I first noticed. Yes, please try not only a different time of the day but also a different season to get good impact of the sky. Did you try B & W.   Posted: 05/05/2021 21:04:54
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
No I hadn't tried B&W. Thank you for the suggestion.   Posted: 05/05/2021 21:13:31

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Helen,
Per our other discussion on perspective and using the "skew" transformation, you can step back further from your subject, and not tilt the camera upwards, then crop to your subject. This should reduce the perspective convergence somewhat. This particular subject might work out with this technique. I would be very interested to see the result if you try this. (I looked on Google for other images of this, and many of them did not have a perspective problem, and were mostly taken from further away.) Yes, one approach is to simply accept the perspective of looking upwards, as it is exactly what your eye sees.   Posted: 05/05/2021 22:30:07

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Helen, to me the original is fine. As Stephen points out, that is what one sees, and perhaps there is a transcendence that shows that wouldn't come across in an architectural rendering.   Posted: 05/06/2021 22:02:57
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
They got switched. The original is actually the one with the bright sun spots which I tried, not very successfully, to tone down in what I intended to be my May image. My question was about that issue.   Posted: 05/07/2021 00:31:04


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