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Through The Lens of a Fisheye

I used a fisheye or wide angle lens for the first time yesterday and I am happy with the results. It will take a great deal of practice to know how best to use it, but I am on the right track.

To practice, I went out to an old mining town that has kept its vintage buildings (external link). It’s near Nelson, Nevada, about fifty miles southwest of Las Vegas. They charge a reasonable ten dollars an hour for solo photographers to shoot. If you bring a model it costs more. Many movies have filmed parts of their pictures there.

Here is another photo taken with the fisheye. The lens is a “Rokinon RK12M-M 12mm F2.0 NCS CS Ultra Wide Angle Fixed Lens” according to the sales slip. I have a Canon EOS M3 but I understand they make a mount for Sony. I am also learning to adjust my photos in RAW, rather than doing all the processing in Photoshop. In many cases I do not need to do anything in post. Wow, I am writing like I know what I am doing.

Here is another photo. This time with a conventional lens. Again, click on the image to get a bigger picture.

As I’ve written before, I am not a professional photographer or even an advanced amateur. But the magazines I write for require me to provide photographs so that’s what I do. In the past, I’ve sent workable photos, serviceable ones that got the job done. What I’d like to do in the future is provide better ones.

By thomasfarley01

Business writer and graphic arts gadfly.

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