OHAI from 32,000 feet. A bunch of us fromare in-flight, making our way to New Orleans today for a week to attend the Imaging USA Expo (if you’re attending, be sure to swing by Booth 441 and say OHAI! ).
In any case, it has been about four years now since I bought my Canon 15mm Fisheye lens and from the day I got it, I knew it would be worth every penny. So much of the photography I used to take when I was earning money for it commercially had to be perspectively correct. Sharp, pretty, rectilinear lines everywhere. If the architect and builders built the thing with straight lines, it was on me to ensure that they remained straight in the photos I took of them. That’s why I love my Tilt Shift lenses so much.
But, the Fisheye lens is like my vacation from all of that. It allows me to explore some pretty radical ways of warping everyday scenes and the objects occupied within them. More often than not, the results are great and it aids in spurring my creative juices. You know that feeling – you get that one shot while you’re out shooting and that causes a wonderful chain reaction of creativity. The fisheye lens sparks that in me more than any other glass I own. Embracing the facets of what your glass can do is critical in being able to determine what you need to use in order to obtain your vision.
In terms of the technical details here – the fisheye lens was used to bow out the incoming train through the frame. It also did a nice job of creating contrary curving lines out of the yellow warning track and the overhead lights.
I gave the image its look usingPerfect Effects 3 and etched down the depth of field so that the middle part of the frame was more in focus using FocalPoint 2.