@Viggo, I re traced my search links and my apologies: the flicr boards were dealing with the old Sigma 50 1.4, not the new Art. I'm not picking up the CR threads on this either though, so will keep looking.
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Has anyone read the comments on some of the Nikon sites? Do they report similar issues?
just a note / query on your approach to this event. How big was your team?
Its too big an event for one photographer to capture enough varied images, especially of volunteers who are spread out over a vast area.
You should have had a TEAM over a period of 2 days covering setup through dismantle...
Its not that much different than a giant wedding shoot...
I agree 100% with both of you, the look is so unnatural, my brain just knows it's wrong.Is there any chance that the structure itself is bigger at the top than the bottom? If you look at the building in the background and the windows, they don't look distorted. Either that or maybe I just need some more coffee to wake up this morning...
However, here's an example, I could never figure why it got printed or displayed, or even why the photographer shot it this way, he certainly knew exactly what he was doing, why he shot that way and what the print would look like.
From the first time I saw this photo, I did not get "IT", I still don't.
I was rushing up to this mountain peak to grab sunset on Mount Rainier. Turns out I was about 15 minutes late after finding a decent comp. Here's my blue hour Mount Rainier.
Sporgon, you're right, and I guess I wasn't clear in my post - these were meant to be examples of when I was limited by the 24mm focal length and are poor photos because they were done when I was just fooling around with the gear walking around or on vacation. My paid shots are done with far more care and I I tend to correct fully and then back off just a bit to avoid the unnatural look. I also avoid shooting straight on from unflattering angles like this, but I appreciate the feedback.