Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yippee - New Fish Eye Lens

M got me a "wide angle" lens for Christmas because that's what a friend told her I wanted. It was my fault really, I told the friend I needed either a wide angle lens or a fish eye lens. What I really wanted was a fish eye lens, but just didn't understand the differences initially when I spoke. So after getting the wrong lens, returning it, then forgetting to order the other lens for a while, I finally got the fish eye lens. You've likely seen photos taken with a fish eye lens before but didn't know what you were looking at. Depending on how close you are to the subject, you can get that round effect in your picture because the fish eye lens shoots 180 degrees. So shooting straight ahead, you could also get a shot of the floor in front of your feet at the same time.

I wanted this particular type of lens because I'm an old architecture nut. I love taking pictures of old buildings, but often you can't get the whole building in, in one picture because it's too tall, too wide, or on narrow city streets, you can't back up far enough away from the building to get the whole building in the shot. I experienced this problem when I was taking shots of an old building downtown for that friend who told M which lens I needed. He's working on a project concerning old downtown buildings and their revival. I offered to take the pix for the website he was building on that topic.

The other problem I experienced, besides not being able to get the whole building in, was that, not being a professional photographer with extra lights and screens, inside some old buildings, there isn't enough light to get a good picture. I was in the attic of one of these grand old buildings and other than a single light bulb fixture hanging from the ceiling, the only light was coming through the windows. When I used flash, it only covered a narrow field of vision. A fish eye lens is great for taking wide angle shots in low light. In that first shot of my dining room, the lights in the room were turned down on the dimmer and there were no other lights on in the house. It actually was quite dark, but the picture came out vivid and bright.

The reason I haven't posted pictures sooner with this new lens is because I was able to take great indoor shots, but I couldn't take outdoor shots. All my outdoor shots were completely bleached out to the point you couldn't even see the picture. I had to find time to read the manual and figure out the aperture settings to cut down on the amount of light coming into the camera. Now that I've figured that out, I can take outdoor shots. In this picture, I'm taking a shot of the whole back yard; with my regular lens, I'd only be able to take half of that picture at a time. I'm planning on going back downtown on Friday with a friend and my new lens and take more shots as I figure out how the lens works. I'm so excited.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These shots are quite amazing...! Though I must admit I am not partial to the Fish Sye lens because of the distorations---Personally, I like a wide angle better--But that is what makes 'horse racing' and photography, too...(lol)

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Hi Naomi, yeah, I don't want the distortions, but after reading up on both lens, I thought the fish eye would suit my purposes better. I don't have much distortion in the last shot. I hope over time I'll learn to take pix without the distortion that's in the first one. I also might try to do some creative shots to take advantage of the distortion. I love new toys. :-)

wunelle said...

I think the distortions have a certain charm (though perhaps not for everyday use!)

In answer to your question, alas I have never been to Estonia or Finland or anything near them. Ironically, my wife and I will be in Helsinki in June as part of a Baltic cruise that hits Amsterdam and Copenhagen and Stockholm and St. Petersburg (and a couple others I now cannot recollect). But for now you know all that I do and probably more!

I'll look forward to your pictures!