It appears that my latest challenge, when shooting a building and attempting to get straight lines at right angles and level horizons, are streets that are not level. In such an image the building can be level yet the incline of the street will make it look askew. Add in a touch of lens distortion and even with the help of the grid lines in the leveling tool in Aperture, I get cross-eyed.
I also worked very hard when setting up the camera for this shot to get the camera as straight and perpendicular to the building as I could. Doing that will eliminate or at least reduce lens distortion, even at very wide angles.There is still some in this image, although much less than I would have had were I less careful. Later during this outing I worked very hard with my tilt-shift lens to use the shift feature as n additional tool to reduce distortion. I believe it worked well for a while, then towards the end of the outing I got lazy and things deteriorated somewhat, probably because I was anticipating my Father’s Day breakfast.
Finally, if you look closely you’ll see that there is a bit more to the title “Van Guard” than a first glance might reveal.