One serious problem with ‘fisheye’ photos is the difficulty of keeping unwanted elements out of the eventual image. Since I’ve had this lens, I have taken numerous closeup pictures of fingers, thumbs, and camera straps, but I am now getting the hang of it.
The lens is still fun at the moment. The Lloyd’s Building seemed to be crying out for attention when on a recent walk in London. The only unwanted element in this one was a car parked in the lower right. The clone tool fixed this!
I had to decide whether to make this a Monochrome Moment or a bit of Fisheye Fun. I thought Fisheye ruled for this one.
The next one in this series is also from our walk around London at the end of October. Having walked through the City, we were returning to the South Bank over the Millenium Bridge. Having just fitted my Samyang Fisheye, I thought it would be worth a bit of a ‘panorama’ looking downstream towards The Shard. I guess that I could have used this image in the Fisheye Fun series, but having done a mono conversion, I thought that this series might be more appropriate.
Although it is not so far, the fisheye lens makes Tower Bridge appear miles away. The B&W conversion was done by ‘fiddling around’ in Topaz B&W Effects. I can’t remember the actual adjustments now.
I guess that if I could have worked out how to do it, this could have been an entry into the five days black and white challenge suggested by Mike Osborn in his comment to my Monochrome Moments – 1. I may just go ahead and post a few more on a daily basis anyway.
This shot of Portland and the Harbour were taken from the Nothe Gardens in Weymouth. I guess that it would have been better if I’d had a ND Grad, but there we are. I thought about cropping the burned out sun out of the frame, but I don’t think that the composition would have worked. I suppose that I should have tried a hand held HDR bracket (yes, no tripod with me), but I don’t think that I originally thought the image would be worth it. I now think that maybe I was wrong.
This is another shot from October’s trip to Kingston Lacy and as I said in an earlier post, I hadn’t mastered ‘focus peaking’ with a third party, manual lens at that time. This shows up very clearly in this shot, which I only took to see how the lens behaved as a ‘closeup’ lens. It was also a pretty slow shutter speed so the lack of sharpness isn’t really a surprise. Perhaps the lack of DOF was, but I’m learning from these ‘cockups’. Now I know how to drive it, things can only get better.
During a recent visit to the National Trust property of Kingston Lacy, I decided to keep the fisheye on the camera during the entire time spent in the house. Again, I had trouble keeping my fingers and thumbs out of the picture, but it was an interesting opportunity to see much more of the rooms in each image.
The Samyang lens is an ‘all manual’ lens, so focusing can be a bit of a challenge when operating ‘hand held’, especially as, at that time, I hadn’t worked out how to use the very useful ‘focus peaking’ facility of the Olympus E-M1 with manual lenses. I have now found out how to do this so hopefully my fisheye shots will improve.
I thought that this round dining table might make a good subject, which couldn’t really be fully appreciated with any other lens. A pity about the headless and bodyless people, but it was fairly busy and it wasn’t really possible to clear the rooms.
I knew when I bought it that it was not going to be for ‘serious’ photography, but I must admit that I do quite enjoy using my little Samyang fisheye lens. It does produce some quite ‘daft’ images but it can also produce pictures that cannot be easily made in any other way. There will be a series of rather odd images going forward into the future until either I get tired of the lens, or I start getting really discouraging comments to my posts.
First off is a rather silly ‘panoramic’ picture of Lyme Regis harbour, taken from the Cobb. Why did I take it? Well I must admit, it was probably because I could. It is completely unrealistic, but it does get the entire harbour into one shot.
Lyme Regis Harbour through a fisheye lens.
I did find that one side effect of the fisheye lens was the possibility of getting odd bits of fingers and thumbs into the frame. I needed to clone part of a finger out of this shot!