A couple of days with the Lensbaby circular fisheye.

In late June i had one of my regular trips to Kent to visit friends. I took the chance to put the Lensbaby fisheye onto the camera for a couple of days. We had a trip to Brockhill Country Park, which i know quite well, so i tried out the lens to see how differently i viewed the subject matter. The next morning i took a wander along the seafront for a couple of miles in the area between Hythe and Dymchurch.

The lens obviously gives massive distortion as it has a 180 degree field of view. As i used it more and more i realised i like to keep the horizon level, so therefore in the centre of the frame. This became most obvious by the sea.

Another thing to get used to is the way the image is framed due to the reflected light within the lens creating a circle outside. Some people won’t like this, but personally i find it can be quite arty and it can be used as part of the image whilst taking the shot.

Her’s a sample from the two days. One of them looking down the steps to the sea has a completely different look at night in a photo in this blog. There’s also a view back up the steps. I used a photo of that in another blog post, it’s the last one. It demonstrates how places can look so different depending on how and when we photograph them.







About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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