On weekends like this one, I’m grateful I have a view from the balcony. Although I’m a bit overloaded on shots like these, having been the sickest I’ve been in a lot of years all weekend, I don’t know what I would have had to post today had it not been for this wonderful view.
Granted, I found myself really wanting to move the building across the street (or at least run up to the roof to shoot over it). But, since I was barely standing up straight and the sun was setting quickly, it seemed improbable that I would make it up to the roof in time. And, since I am not embodied with any superpowers that might allow me to move a building even on the best of days, there wasn’t much point in contemplating that possibility.
One effect of shooting from the balcony with the building across the street in the foreground is the extreme distortion that occurs, making the building seem like it’s bending towards the center of the frame. This is a consequence of using a very wide angle lens and being so close to the building.
I used the-built-in level to make sure I was shooting straight (I do try to be a straight shooter), but the distortion was so great that I ended up changing the angle slightly in post-processing to try to make it look a little straighter.
These are also processed using HDR. Each image is actually a combination of 5 images with 5 slightly different exposures. This allows me to get some of the detail in the buildings in the foreground at the same time I have the detail in the bright parts of the sky. I’m starting to like HDR for these kinds of images the more I get used to it.
Tisen, it turns out, is a great companion for someone who is sick. He was quite content to cuddle on the couch with me for endless hours. He likes the down comforter and the animal print pillow almost as much as he likes me. On the rare occasions when I made it off the couch, he would just lie there like he was in heaven. Unfortunately, I was only able to get a blurry shot of him. I’d blame it on being sick–couldn’t hold the camera steady–but I think most of my iPhone images of Tisen are blurry, too.
If I were guessing, I would say that Tisen feels needed. He makes a great heating pad and seems to know just where to cuddle up against me to make me feel better. I had no idea when I brought him home that he would some day be a nurse. If he could take himself out for walks and feed himself, too, he would be perfect at it.