Keystoning or the distortion of vertical lines was a concern last year when I photographed paintings. On, I learned that to avoid keystoning one should hold the camera on a parallel plane to a painting and then shoot at the longest zoom setting.


However, this summer, I blithely rotated the camera on the ballhead of my new tripod whose three-legged presence felt strangely comforting in the solitude of the dunes. Most of my recent images of the dunes were shot pointing the camera downwards.

One of my goals is to capture the steepness of the dunes. But, so far, I have failed to image the dunes at their steepest slope as shown by my recent post Fall-off.


I have come to terms with the problems of my slope photography – human frailty. Fear had prevented me from stepping close to the edge of 450 feet elevations consisting of loose sand and gravel.

The images selected for today were shot at a safe distance from the Fall-off, again pointing my camera downwards.

Are you concerned about the keystoning issue when you do nature photography?
Do I make downward slopes appear steeper by pointing my camera downwards and shooting at a wide angle?
Do you do perspective crops in Adobe Photoshop of nature photographs?