Winter in Somerville

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 29 2012

Category: street

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Melted Sidewalks

And the snow falleth today. Still, I think, after many an hour of downfall. A blanket of white slowly weaving itself onto the landscape, one speck of a thread at a time.

I’ll admit it. Shooting architectural images for a client has forever changed my perception of perspective. Any time vertical lines slope inwards (or outwards) as a result of pointing a camera up or down, I notice. Not so much noticing, as being aware of that visual effect before it even happens.

So the columns on the porch are straight up and down. My framing of this scene was largely driven by a need to keep vertical lines perfectly vertical. And of course I break free from this constraint (constantly), but it’s always something I consider. And something I had never understood formally previously, and therefore never really paid close attention to.

Straight. Up.

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