The Leaning Needle

Today’s Photo

Ultra-wide angle lenses have a tendency to create a lot of perspective distortion in vertical lines. I tend to like this. It has a bit of a ‘wow’ factor, and it’s just fun. There are times when you want to avoid this, typically in certain architectural images, and there are ways to minimize it in those situations. Here, it looks as if the Space Needle is leaning over the EMP.

As it turns out, construction began on the Space Needle 50 years ago this month. At 605 feet, it was the tallest building in Seattle and west of the Mississipi when it was completed in 1962. Although it has since been eclipsed by a number of other downtown buildings in terms of height, it still remains a Seattle icon.

The Hovering Space Needle

The Leaning Space Needle - Seattle

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