@blessingscaptured, I forgot to reply to your question about horizon’s looking straight…
The horizon is always straight (unless it isn’t) so make the horizon look straight, and the rest of the photo should be correct as well.
But seriously, both “trees” and “the perceived horizon” (unless you’re in Kansas LOL) can look catawampus so neither are strictly reliable. When you can’t see the “true horizon” what you’re dealing with is an optical illusion. Even if you used a level to take the picture, it would still look not-straight. True horizon will always be level, so I tend to use the horizon in general to level my shots. But since you’re working with something other than true horizon, then it’s a very good idea to use the trees, as @buddingphotographer suggested. If it looks awful either way, then you just have to eyeball it so that the optical illusion is as unnoticeable as possible. You could also try playing with “Transform” or even “Lens Corrections” panels in LR.
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by James Staddon.