For a sterner test we took a shot of a church rose window. Getting a photograph of this particular window is a nightmare! The only shooting spot for those who do not own a pet giraffe is from ground level, away to the side. If this were a commercial (ie paid-for) job you might erect scaffolding but even this is impeded by a mature tree right where you would wish to shoot from. A cherry picker would also be out of the question due to the multi-level steps and paving in the vicinity.
The image content is both a blessing and a curse. The regular coursing of the brickwork gives super sight lines to align to, but the circular shape of the windows exposes any residual distortions - the view of the brick reveals on the left of the window are also present only on one side. Despite this, a reasonably presentable shot may be obtained and if followed by a bit of judicious cloning in Photoshop, things can be further improved. The original shot required a slightly wider view to take in the full circle of brickwork.
There are 44 days to get ready for The Societies of Photographers Convention and Trade Show at The Novotel London West, Hammersmith ...
which starts on Wednesday 22nd January 2020