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    Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    I took this photo of Byron Bay light house a few years back. I wanted something different to the standard photos you always see of this Australian icon, so I tilted the camera to make the grass on the slope horizontal, instead of the horizon.

    I have posted this image in other places, and I always seem to get polarized views. Some people love it because it is different. Others hate it because the horizon breaks the "keep the horizon level" rule.

    I thought I'd posted it here before, but can't find the thread, so to get some discussion going...


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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    No; not for me ; sorry

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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    Now, that's different!
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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    l'm getting dizzy lol
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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    Where you in a Helicopter when you took this lol

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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    No, I was leaning over the edge of the railing
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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    I get a stiff neck looking at it (sorry)

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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    It makes me dizzy as well Sorry
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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    Well I'm going to be different and confess I quite like it. I'm not all that familiar with the location so I have no preconceptions. So looking at it for the first time, my eye holds on the almost symmetrical darker shape in the centre of the image (which if you look at it the right way is the cliff face) and the rest just hides behind it. Then you see the white shape of the light house sticking out at an angle and it all falls into shape.

    Good spot, well taken

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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    I'm not a fan...but not because of any "rules".

    I once read a discussion about the virtues of editing photos (eg colour correction, exposure) and whether or not it was considered cheating. The view of the article writer was that, sometimes the photographer has to make these changes to show the image exactly as they saw it...and not how the camera captured it. On this basis, it seems like a valid argument. The photographer was not trying to portray a scene that did not exist....so there is nothing wrong with a little poetic licence.

    While for a scene of this type I keep the "rule of thirds" in mind, I would not discard a photo just because it didn't apply them outright. But, my mind expects to see a level horizon in the photo and for this reason, I'm not a fan. Is there anyone who didn't tilt their head to the left while viewing the photo

    However, getting back to my previous note, if the interpretation of the scene is as "you saw it" then there is nothing wrong with the photo.
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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    Love it.
    Reckon you should print it like that and hang it on an angle just to mess with OCD people's heads

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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    Quote Originally Posted by MattNQ View Post
    Love it.
    Reckon you should print it like that and hang it on an angle just to mess with OCD people's heads

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    Hahaha! I love your thinking!


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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    Hi John.
    I'm a Byron bloke from way back and the view you provide here isn't at all unfamiliar to me.
    There's a hang gliding take-off ramp not far from where this shot was taken. It overlooks Tallows Beach. Many a time have I flown from there and passed the lighthouse from such an angle.
    The horizon is sometime the only indication for a hang glider pilot to know which way is up and level. In your shot I suspect I'd be doing a hard bank right to avoid being hung up on the fence.

    As for the photo, there are certainly no rules for how it should look. Sometimes convention and comfort play a part in how we present the horizon. I suspect many people would be feeling a bit uncomfortable looking at your shot.
    If that was intensional , your photo could be considered a success.

    All photographs serve a purpose. The way you present the image will serve the purpose best. Anything unnecessary could distract from what you want to achieve. If it was your intention to describe the lighthouse, the angle is an addition that doesn't serve well in this context.

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    Re: Controversial view of Byron Bay lighthouse

    I don't mind the shot at all John. Tom has covered it well in his post, in saying it's all about what you are trying to show.

    A slightly angled horizon can be more off putting than one deliberately sloped.

    Being a scuba diver for over 40 years and taking underwater photographs in an environment where you work truly in 3 dimensions, the horizon is irrelevant and doesn't even serve to tell you which way is up. For that you need to watch your bubbles!

    I know the area as a tourist on a few occasions and have photographed it from quite a few different angles.. not that one I might add. It does give a different perspective on the cliff face which I like.

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