Tracks Over Tracks

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. ┬áIt 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.

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  1. Now this is one grimy shot. All the trash combined with the graffiti really adds to this shot. The shadows are pretty awesome as well. Nice work!
    Chris Nitz recently posted..New HomeMy Profile

  2. Love the leading lines of the tracks and the sharp bend of the fence leading our eyes toward the buildings. Beautifully composed, Mark. The shadows effectively add to the light/dark contrast.
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  3. Nice shot Mark – I like the composition and the strong shadows from the direct light overhead.

  4. Love this shot Mark! Neat seeing the old tracks below the ‘newer’ elevated ones. Dig the shadows too!
    Jim Denham recently posted..Spare TireMy Profile

  5. Great shot – I like how the lines of the graffiti wall/fence and the tracks cross each other.
    Kristi Hines recently posted..Fallen TreeMy Profile

  6. Good work!

    I’ll be honest when I read the name the first thing I thought was, “Yo look! We’ve added tracks to your tracks…” You get it, lol.
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  7. I really like the shadows and track line moving into the center of the photo. Mark have you tried the lens correction in Lighroom? Also I do you have an example of one that bothers you?
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  8. cool scene, well shot and processed and I love the shadows! Jim

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