A Fish-Eye Story



At a recent photo seminar that I presented, I happened to show some of my Fish-Eye Friday images (I try and go out shooting every Friday with only my 10-17mm Zoom Fish-Eye Tokina lens). At the end of the talk, a lady approached me and said, “I’m going to get one of those lenses.”

Next day, guess what? She emailed me and said she was so excited with the creative possibilities that she made good on her word and had just purchased the 10-17 Tokina Fish-Eye.  She further elaborated that she was soon leaving for Egypt and, in addition to her 18-200mm Nikkor, was now creatively equipped to take on the Pyramids.  

She’s still away at the time of this writing, however, I am motivated to share some of my Fish-Eye Friday shots with you...short of a “Fish-Eye Gallery” if you will.

See the guy with the camera on he left side of the image?  He ain’t seeing nothing like what I’m seeing. Too bad for him. I’ve got a 180 degree coverage, plus the inherent distortion of the lens makes for accentuated symmetry of the dome at the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City.

Ceilings and atriums, especially in galleries, theatres and public buildings, make great subjects to investigate with the lens.  The fact that it ZOOMS enables you to compose in-camera...impossible with those fixed focal-length fish-eyes.

Same umbrella as the top shot, but a different composition and use of the lens. With the lens zoomed to 10mm and making sure the horizon line is perfectly centered across the frame with the camera at a 90 degree angle to the scene, I now have a 180 degree super-wide angle lens with a bit of distortion at the surf line (but I think that’s pretty cool).

Symmetry strikes again!  Escalators in an airport...travellers looked at me like I was crazy.  They probably thought, “why the hell is this guy taking a picture of escalators?”  Little did they know I had a fish-eye.

                                           ....but you don’t want to use the fisheye for portraits


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