Our hotel was a block east and two blocks south of the east side of the capitol. So, each morning we passed the capitol on our way to other sites on the Mall.
I took this photo on one of those mornings. The photo is of the east side of the capitol (which, although it faces away from the Mall, is the front of the capitol). I wanted the photo to show the Capitol’s classical lines. Some people will be bothered by the distortion of the building—especially the left side. The distortion does bother me some but not enough to purchase a tilt-shift lens and then learn how to use it. I think the tools in Lightroom 4 allow you to correction the distortion sufficient for my purposes. I used these tools (plus cropping) in the second photo to minimize the effect.
Distort or not distort? Which do you prefer?
Camera settings: Nikon D4, 28-300mm f/3.5~5.6 at 32mm, ISO 100, f/11 at two 1/180th.
Lightroom 4—applied Nikon Vivid preset during import, set white and black points and added vibrance and used lens correction and cropping to minimize distortion in second photo.