Why do I leave more time than necessary to get to downtown appointments? This is why.
Well, considered specifically, it’s just one of the reasons. Considered more generally, the original statement stands. The reason is not this particular photo, it’s the chance at photos like this. Ottawa’s downtown — almost any downtown — offers cool reflections in office towers.
In the old days, I used to snap them off and then crop them to adjust the framing, usually to center something that I had seen (but not captured) as centered. It’s amazing how picky I am after the fact about little differences in alignment that I didn’t even notice when I was squinting at the glare off a phone screen angled over my head, with my back arched in an unsteady and unsustainable position.
Nowadays, when I can see that a symmetrical framing would be appealing, I try to adjust for that before hitting the shutter button. But this sort of shot introduces new problems with something called, I believe, linear distortion. In general, things can start looking weird when the camera is not aligned with the horizon, as it clearly was not in this shot.
In this case, weird is part of the fun and unavoidable in any case since I did not have access (quick or otherwise) to a bucket truck or drone to gain altitude on the shot. Why cities don’t provide this service for photographers is beyond me.
But I was amused to see the optical illusion aspect of this photo: Easier seen in a small version, perhaps. The photo’s vertical sides really are parallel.