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I was photographing a beautiful cathedral on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.  The huge wooden doors were painted red and had amazing amounts of ironwork on the hinges.  Here I took a photo with a super wide angle lens (17-40 mm L) and of course it distorted the doors a little.  Next to this image I “corrected” the distortion and straightened up the vertical lines.  To me it appears unnatural and I prefer the tilted one.  Any opinions on which is better?

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Photographs separated for you: (Click on small image to see it larger and check out the ironwork hinges!)

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

Closeup of the door itself:

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 40 mm Lens

I tried every door at the cathedral as I wanted to get inside to take photos and all doors were tightly locked. I will have to go back in the future to see what the inside is like.

 

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