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On the Streets: Lines and Perspective

I find lines and perspective challenging. A while back I turned on the "level" assist on my Fujifilm XT2. It's a horizontal line that turns a solid green to let you know that the camera interprets the scene as level. It has come in handy, and I've liked seeing that I consistently tilt the camera slightly, but I think I'll turn the feature off. It distracts me.

I was walking around last night with my X100T and tried for a quick shot of the DeLuxe Bar and Grill at Broadway and Roy. It's a friendly corner bar in Capitol Hill that always looks better in my eyes than it does in my images. Neon is another struggle.

The intersection at Broadway and Roy conspires against my craving for symmetry and clean lines. Part of that is to be expected. Capitol Hill is on...you guessed it...a hill. I tested a few of Lightroom's transform functions on this photo. The first uses the Auto function. The second was an attempt at Guided Transform, but I couldn't seem to get that to do much. In the end I think they're pretty similar, and I'm still not thrilled with the lines. It all feels a bit off or uneven.

 DeLuxe Bar and Grill, Capitol Hill, Seattle, March 2018. Auto Transform (leveling) in Lightroom.

DeLuxe Bar and Grill, Capitol Hill, Seattle, March 2018. Auto Transform (leveling) in Lightroom.

 DeLuxe Bar and Grill, Capitol Hill, Seattle, March 2018, Guided Transform in Lightroom.

DeLuxe Bar and Grill, Capitol Hill, Seattle, March 2018, Guided Transform in Lightroom.