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Old Feb 3, 2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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I wanted to shoot the icicles from my back window yesterday (a snow day around here), and decided to opt for a wide angle with the weird view that you get off-center. It seemed to accentuate the dislocation this weather has been causing me. But I don't tend to like lens distortion, so I'm ambivalent. How should this be framed? Does it work for you or not?

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That's a lot of ice!! This angle really does not do it for me. Maybe shoot straight on the window and (even though it breaks the rules) I would center it. Back away as far as you can and zoom in to help elevate the distortion.
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I like it...it really showsof the length of the icicles...looks like drapery!
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Old Feb 3, 2011, 11:48 PM   #4
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geeez ! how big is that window they are huge
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Old Feb 4, 2011, 5:45 AM   #5
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That's a lot of ice!! This angle really does not do it for me. Maybe shoot straight on the window and (even though it breaks the rules) I would center it. Back away as far as you can and zoom in to help elevate the distortion.
Assuming the conditions are right, I'll try that this weekend and see how it looks and post the results here.
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geeez ! how big is that window they are huge
The window is about four feet tall. The longest icicles are about seven feet long.
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Old Feb 4, 2011, 10:57 AM   #7
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I like the skewed off-angle of your pic ... gives it more of an artsy feel and magnifies the length of the icicles.

Nice job ....
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Nice shot, not good though for the roof guttering carrying all that weight
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Wow... what huge and long icicles! Brrrrr... I'm glad that I'm not there (brings back memories of my time in Romania in Europe which was very cold for me!)

The photo and angle do give me an impression of the length of the icicles... and I think as you worded, a feeling of dislocation. Quite a good attempt, I feel.

Looking 'down' with a wide angle will give that distorted effect - and I think you've achieved (at least to me) an impressive conveying.

What musket wrote (not good for the guttering carrying that weight) sounds good advice! (but maybe yours are built to handle that?)

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Old Feb 6, 2011, 1:16 PM   #10
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I tried taking a straight-on shot. It doesn't quite work for me, but here's an example for your evaluation:


I tried some outdoor shots when the sun came out a bit, and they have kind of the "anti-vibe" for what I was going for from the inside. What do you think?


And this:


BTW, I broke off the icicles that I could reach after I took the shots.

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