This weekend I headed to Lower Manhattan to shoot the front of the famous Delmonico's restaurant. The current location, originally opened in 1837, is one of the most prestigious restaurants in New York. To learn more about this historic establishment, you can visit the website at www.delmonicosrestaurant.com .
Shooting the restaurant was about as challenging as shooting any NYC corner building. Constant traffic meant as soon as I found an angle I liked, I had to jump out of the way of a honking taxi.
Architecture is an area that I enjoy putting time into because I find that perspective control with normal lenses requires a great deal of effort and consideration. I could drone on and on about the specifics of lenses and distortion but I’ll just share some pictures instead.
This shot was with a 50mm lens. There was way less distortion but it didn't allow me to fit as much as I wanted into the frame. There's still some vertical distortion but this is as far as I wanted to go with perspective alterations.
My 24mm definitely fit a lot more into the frame. This screen shot was after some perspective corrections and I'm about as happy with it as I will be. My tactic here was to get the center of the lens as lined up with the center of the subject matter as I could. In my mind this would at least keep distortion centralized and give photoshop a better chance of cleaning it up.
Below are my two final versions (click to enlarge). I opted to go with one darker, more dramatic version and then a more colorful, airy version.
I hope you enjoyed this entry. Please check back next week! Thank you for visiting - Dan