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post by Goste   |  | 
First time out with the fisheye
< on 10/13/2021 6:36 PM >

This was my first trip out with my new fisheye lens. Personally I am not a huge fan of fisheye photos for the main reasons of distortion, but often with exploring I find myself never wide enough to capture the environment. For this trip I returned to a spot I have been to before to capture this operating room. What I love, is the ability to capture the full scope of this operating room, also love the reflection of light off the door laying on the ground. I find it actually pretty hard to compose with a fisheye especially when it's so dark. This was my favorite shot from the day with the fisheye lens. Just curious if this looks good for a fisheye shot and maybe some tips? Also, I shot this on film, so keep in mind I have no post processing ability in this photo and rely solely on getting it right in camera. Look forward to hearing back from all of you!




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post by Aran   |  | 
Re: First time out with the fisheye
<Reply # 1 on 10/14/2021 1:22 AM >

I personally would have centered the surgical equipment in the frame, but I can see what you were going for with the hole in the wall and the left wall itself, framing wise. While that normally works fine, the distortion of the lens kind of draws the eyes away from what should be the main focus of the picture.


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post by ryanpics   |  | 
Re: First time out with the fisheye
<Reply # 2 on 10/14/2021 3:12 AM >

I used to use my fisheye a lot since it's the only wide-angle I have, but I've developed my shooting style around that now and haven't used it for this type of shooting in years. I always have it with me though in case something calls for it.

Whenever I used it, I would almost always correct for the distortion to make it look like just a normal wide-angle. There would still be a lot of stretching distortion at the edges, but I would normally crop it out or try to keep the edges of the frame uniform in detail so it's less noticeable.
DSC07167 by ryan.little.photo, on Flickr

There are still situations where using a fisheye as a fisheye is good. Rounder rooms are complemented well with the distortion, and also makes the distortion much less noticeable. If you go to my Flickr and go a few photos after this, you can see a version I took of this and corrected for the distortion and it makes the whole room look really bad.
DSC07647-HDR by ryan.little.photo, on Flickr

Hope this helps, just go mess around and see what looks right.


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First time out with the fisheye
<Reply # 3 on 10/14/2021 3:49 AM >

Posted by Aran
I personally would have centered the surgical equipment in the frame, but I can see what you were going for with the hole in the wall and the left wall itself, framing wise. While that normally works fine, the distortion of the lens kind of draws the eyes away from what should be the main focus of the picture.


Yeah I get what your saying, I think I just need more practice with this lens. I actually shot a centered shot from the other side, but distortion again looked bothersome to me.


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First time out with the fisheye
<Reply # 4 on 10/14/2021 3:59 AM >

Posted by ryanpics
I used to use my fisheye a lot since it's the only wide-angle I have, but I've developed my shooting style around that now and haven't used it for this type of shooting in years. I always have it with me though in case something calls for it.

Whenever I used it, I would almost always correct for the distortion to make it look like just a normal wide-angle. There would still be a lot of stretching distortion at the edges, but I would normally crop it out or try to keep the edges of the frame uniform in detail so it's less noticeable.
https://live.staticflickr.com/7853/46332901104_13db40b753.jpgDSC07167 by ryan.little.photo, on Flickr

There are still situations where using a fisheye as a fisheye is good. Rounder rooms are complemented well with the distortion, and also makes the distortion much less noticeable. If you go to my Flickr and go a few photos after this, you can see a version I took of this and corrected for the distortion and it makes the whole room look really bad.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47944903227_a0a406302b.jpgDSC07647-HDR by ryan.little.photo, on Flickr

Hope this helps, just go mess around and see what looks right.


Yeah this helps a lot! I actually used to shoot a fisheye on my DSLR kinda often, but I could correct the distortion in light room. Now that I mainly shoot film I still want to be capable with my exploring shots. I think your right when it comes to just paying more attention to my surroundings when using this fisheye just to make sure this distortion isn’t as noticeable. By the way that stadium shot is awesome!



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