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Our World Turned Upside Down

Everything has changed. Everything is different. Someone asked me, "Are people in Atlanta nice?" And I said, "How would I know?" No place to go. No friends to do things with. Constant threat of infection. Surely, our world has turned upside down.

The location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta

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Method

I shot two photos. One of just the scene, then one of me in the scene. I flipped the base image. Then removed the sky and water from my image. And yes, I had to cut out every railing opening one at a time because the water color was too close to railing color to magic wand it.

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Assignment

The horizon is where the sky meets the surface of the planet. OK, now let's simplify. This challenge does NOT need to be outdoors, nor does there need to be an actual horizon!! The object of this challenge is quite simple:  Make sure your photo is level. Any horizontal lines in your photo should be level/straight, regardless if it's a body of water meeting interplanetary space, or not. When you have a clear horizon line, like the example photo to your left, it should be easy to keep that line straight in camera (use the line guides you see either in viewfinder or on LCD screen), or clicking a few buttons in post, so long as you are mindful of this practice! The idea is, that your photo should appear STRAIGHT, and not crooked, to the viewer, regardless of lines in your photo, or if the photo is "actually" straight in real life. This is merely an exercise in shooting level, and this should really be the first lesson of any photography course! A crooked photo will be the first thing a viewer sees, and likewise it should be the first thing you correct when importing your photo onto your computer (see Module 2, Chapter 1 of my "Shooting 101" course) But not all horizon lines are necessarily natural - or even visible - and that's where your mind's eye comes in. If you happen to have a literal horizon line to show off in your photo, how best to place it in your image is really up to you - and that's why photography is as much art as it is a science. You could opt for a low horizon line to show off a magnificent sky, or if your image is better off with more of the foreground, consider using a high horizon line. A nice rule of thumb I once heard was you want either 2/3rd sky and 1/3rd land, or 2/3rd land and 1/3rd sky. But, I mean, go crazy and do what looks good to you!


 

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