3736 – The Big Eye

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Jan 112017

Alternatively I could also call this post “The Fisheye” 🙂

It’s interesting: I don’t use that lens very often, but I use it regularly. Sure, this image was taken more than five months ago, but I’ve used my new fisheye every once in a while in between.

I had one on the Nikon D300, and there it was more of a novelty. I used it for some time and then almost never again. It seems, that in the meantime I have found my way of working with this lens.

Nov 252016

Using a fisheye is hard. Before you look through the lens, you never know what you’ll get.

For the fountain the lens was ideal. Everything is round here anyway, you have to look twice to even see the fisheye effect.

The image from the chapter house is extreme, but then, in a certain way it conveys what I saw and how it felt to be there. That’s a funny thing to say about an image that’s totally distorted 🙂

The third image, looking from the cloister into the chapter house (yes, it was that dark in there) is somewhere in the middle.

For comparison I have an image taken from the church down into the cloister, also ultra-wide, but this time with the rectilinear 7-14/2.8.

Fisheyes: this is really stuff for experimentation. Try it out. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Predictions impossible 😀

Oct 292016

Here we have again a mix of three lenses, the 12-40/2.8 at the top,

the fish for the image showing how the stairs leading to the cloister are situated in relation to the refectory (a cool application of this lens, if you ask me),

and finally the 7-14/2.8 for the B&W shot looking down. I like the image looking up best, therefore the order is a little bit weird 🙂

I can’t remember why I went B&W with the last shot, but I suppose this is a case of “tried it randomly and it worked”.

Oct 282016

Empty halls of pure architecture. That’s what those old French monasteries are.

The first two images have been taken with rectilinear lenses. I’ve used the 7-14/2.8 for the big hall of the church. Could easily be mistaken for Dwarvish architecture in Moria, below the Misty Mountains, right?

The third image has been taken with the 7.5/f3.5 fish. It’s a manual lens without electronic communication between lens and body, but I am absolutely sure I have used it wide open.

It’s the first time I have used a fisheye on vacations. You won’t see it in use very often, but during the months since, I have found it to be a valuable addition to my “Big Gear”.

Oct 222016

This is Chapelle des Oblats, a small church on the eastern end of Cours Mirabeau.

Here I had the first opportunity to try out the fisheye. The image on the right was taken with the 12-40/2.8 PRO at its widest.

The other two images are from the 7.5mm fish, and in this small room it makes a world of a difference. It’s not exactly what I saw while I was there, the impression of the room is completely different, but I sure like what I see.

In the Image of the Day the fishyness is not even immediately apparent, because I have centered the cupola. In the other image it’s obvious, but here we see the big benefit of this lens: my other ultra-wide lens, the 7-14/2.8 PRO, wouldn’t have allowed me to capture the room in its totality like I did here. No recitlinear lens would have done the trick.