When I started posting my landscape pictures on the internet, I would occasionally hear, “It’s not level” or the “Horizon isn’t level”. That was fine in most cases because I didn’t have a level on my camera or tripod. Fixed in post (Photoshop). I finally bought a level that attaches to the hot-shoe on the camera…problem solved…so I thought.
Case in point. I posted this a few months ago and a few claim it’s not level. It appears to be tilted because of the receding shoreline to the right and the optical illusion of the filtered sunlight through the trees to the left. I used a level and double checked it in Photoshop to make sure the reflected trees line up.
So I tried to make it “look level” and came up with this.
That one was really obvious, at least to me. The reflected trees on the “looking level” image is obvious not inline. But what about cases like this. The first one is level. To make sure, I zoomed in to the buildings, can’t see them unless you have the original file, and the vertical walls are plumb.
To make it “look level”.
So what would you do? Do you make them look level or do you try to be authentic?
I would love your comments about this! If your not a “photographer”, that’s okay, I’d love your comments as well.