Parliament in a Glass Building
Just catching up on my delinquent posts, this particularly theme occurring when I was on my honeymoon which I could not attend to. Anyhow, I took this shot a few weeks ago with my new at the time Ultra Wide Angle Sigma 10-20mm lens ( I love this lens by the way but am selling it, so let me know if you are interested ).
This is the view I see from a bus stop every Friday at the corner of Wellington Street and Bank Street (google street view here). It’s basically a reflection of the West Block of Parliament Building against the Currency Museum (insert your own pun here).
For composition, I wanted to correct the vertical distortion and thanks to Phil’s blog post back in August, I was able to fix it to the best of my abilities but noticed that my shot wasn’t straight on. A neat little trick I learned was to use perspective cropping to correct it). Phil’s post was true and I did lose a bit of the photo at the bottom corners when adjusting for vertical correction. Nonetheless, it captures the main picture of what I wanted, including the top of the building. I spent some time tweaking contrast etc., deleting some pedestrians walking, enhancing the lens flare slightly and adding a slight vignette. I wanted to add a layered blue sky but my technical abilities don’t permit me at the moment, something I’ll have to work on. Anyhow, hope you like the final result.
original EXIF: ISO100, 11mm, f9.0, 1/50sec.
Update: I have added the crop version as requested by Phil with some tweaks. I think the effect is rather catching and really plays with your mind a bit to decipher the image.