Exercise 2.3 – wide-angle distortions

Center Parcs is an artificial environment with some interesting juxtapositions of familiar elements. The exercise calls for one example of distortions created by a low wide-angle viewpoint; I have selected two.

Technical details: Olympus E-30 with a wide-angle zoom, 9-18mm (18-36mm equivalent) used at the 9mm (18mm equivalent) end. Aperture-priority automatic exposure at f/5.6, ISO100. Shot in RAW, with some global Lightroom adjustments to tweak exposure and contrast.

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9mm (18mm equivalent) ISO100, 1/125 at f/5.6

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9mm (18mm equivalent) ISO100, 1/80 at f/5.6

The man-made elements have a vertical emphasis, as do the trees, which well illustrate the strong converging verticals. This lens has rectilinear correction, causing some ‘stretching’ toward the corners of the image.