Fish eye lens fun
Yet another post about my experience at the nature preserve. I bet there are about 1 million other photo opportunities that I could have taken. The possibilities seem endless when getting out to explore nature. I just wish that it was closer to my home. Otherwise, I would’ve out there every weekend. On the other hand, I am not a fan of insects and other small creepy crawling things, so I may not be out there in the woods every weekend. Is there anyway to experience the nature preserve without the bugs please? (lol! Just kidding)
The Scene and Camera
I was exploring a patch of woods with an extremely short trail that looped through it. My intentions were to find wildlife or photograph a macro subject. Since I was unable to find anything interesting at this particular spot in the woods, my eye turned to envisioning what things would look like with the different lens selections I had on me at the time. When there is a lack of “visual interest” in a scene, I can almost always count on the fish eye lens to add something interesting to the photo.
In my opinion it does much better with a scene lacking visual interest paired with the fish eye lens for two reasons.
- if the scene lacks visual interest, the spherical shape will almost always make it interesting
- lack of visual interest and focal length allows me to not have to focus on capturing the small details in the photo.
The photo above was taken with a Rokinon 8mm fish eye lens. The 8mm focal length is what gives the image of the woods its round appearance. I also set it to focus on infinity to make the image as crisp as I could. This allows the viewer to distinguish what they are looking at because he lens distorts things dramatically. The latter is what I meant about not capturing all the details. There was no “point of focal interest” in this photo. The entire scene is Kent to be observed as a whole. (I hope that makes sense)
On a final note
I highly encourage you to get out and explore local nature hikes and trails. Not only does it provide fresh air and exercise, you can also practice your nature photography. I made sure to bring a few lens selections on the trip to the nature preserve to force myself to view things differently and to capture as much as I can from different perspectives. Ding this also allowed me to test the boundaries of my camera. Not every photo will be pleasing. However, the knowledge and experience gained is worth much more that 100 great images that I could obtain. So get out there with your camera, backpack, and lenses and start switching it up! You will be amazed at how much you learn just by doing it on your own.
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