Continuing our travels under the M Train, this crossing at Woodward Avenue provides the best view of the street level tracks that used to run through these back lots. The elevated subway was built directly over these old rails. Once again I used the lens correction feature in Photoshop to correct the wide angle distortion so the pillars stand straight instead of leaning out from the middle. As I do it more and get better at it, the distorted views start to bother me more. For a long time I did not even notice the effect unless I looked for it – now the uncorrected versions of these shots really bug me. There are select instances in which the distortion can be used intentionally to good effect, but failing to correct it is no longer the default option. It involves improvement, and more work, both. There is no way to fix this in the field except to use a different lens – either one that is not so wide or a tilt-shift – and the widest Nikkor tilt-shift, which I have, is only 24mm, which is substantially less wide than the 14-24 can get.
Tags: 14-24 mm, D700, hdr, New York, Nik Color Efex, NYC, Photomatix, Pro Contrast, Queens, Tonal Contrast