Taxi please?

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/8000 sec, f2.5, focal length 50 mm

This is a much more interesting shot that Cousin David made. The cabs fill the image and there is a repeating pattern but it recedes in pleasing way. I’d have cropped down even more and eliminated the utility pole and the blue sky. It doesn’t add anything. I wonder why such a fast shutter speed was used. Was it to make the background more blurred. The focus point is about midway along the row. But the bright colors and the pattern are what steal the image. So the point of focus is not particularly the most important element.

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Taxi?

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/320 sec, f11, focal length 50 mm

Repeating patterns are fun. It’s always a problem when you have a long horizontal or vertical. What do you do with the extra space above and below the row of cabs. So someone thought…panorama! That works. Or, you could tilt the camera and get an offbeat perspective. The picture is certainly better than a conventional horizontal composition. It’s just that the upper and lower empty space is really not too interesting. Nice shot but it stays in my discard pile. You have so many other nice images. This one just doesn’t quite stand out.

Sun glare/Architecture

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/125 sec, f14, ISO 100, focal length 10mm, no flash

This image was sent labeled, little noticeable barrel distortion. You see it at the edge of the frame. It is distortion due to the optics of the lens. It is what makes the f2.8 lens so much bigger, so much heavier, and more expensive. It takes a lot of heavy glass and technology to keep out the distortion when the image passes through all that ground glass. David’s right. There’s not much distortion. The other lens distortion is called pin cushioning. There are programs now to reverse this distortion based on the lens and manufacturer. Imagine that! The computer can correct for the lens. Anyway, the subject of this image is the building. And the sun glare is the focus of interest. It’s very good with the glare and the tree on diagonal. The building is just well enough exposed to see detail. Building architectural images are hard to do without distortion. If you are far enough away the details can’t be seen. In close and you get the perspective distortion and converging lines. This was handled well. It would probably not work as a good demo for a realtor. I like it for the sun.