Photographer's Note

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built between 1173 and 1350 to compliment the cathedral and overall complex of the Campo dei Miracoli. Construction was interrupted over its construction history and a lean became evident as early as 1178 when it reached the third level. It was continued despite the lean and finished with the upper most part correcting for the lean of the time. So one can now see how far it has come since not only the beginning but also the 14th century. It stands a total of 56 meters tall. By the end of the 20th century its lean had reached over 5 meters as it sank further into the unstable soil.

Here a lone guard stands waiting for the next group of tourists to climb to the top. A view showing the entire facade of the cathedral from this same location is visible in this other photo (Pisa Cathedral). The small black blur at the bottom right is the top of the cross visible in that other shot.

If you look closely at the cathedral itself there appears to be some distortion of that building as well. The stripe at the bottom of the photo seems to make it seem like a rotation correction is necessary. I tried to do this and leveled it at .7 degrees. But then the two tall arches were off. Those were level at .2 degrees. And no matter what the columns were not vertical except for in this original version so I gave up on rotating the image.

I scanned this print at 400 dpi which ended up with a lot of noise in the sky. I isolated the sky in a layer and ran a median filter with a radius of 3 pixels to smooth that out. I then flattened the image and ran auto-contrast. I cropped a small bit off the right and then resized it and sharpened it. Does anyone have suggestions on how to tone down the intensity of the facade. To me, anyway, it seems to be a really intense reflection.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 164 N: 2696] (7296)
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