You may recall I borrowed a fisheye lens during the Calder Cup playoffs back in June. I had a lot of fun and found many uses for it. So much so my wife gave me a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens for an early anniversary present last week. While the one I used before was for a cropped sensor camera, the Sigma 15mm is for a full frame sensor camera like the Nikon D700 I use.
I could think of no place better than the 2013 Great New York State Fair which opened this week to give the new lens a proper shake down. As I mentioned before, with the 180 degree angle of view, you have to be very careful with the distortion a fisheye lens does around the edges. Subjects which already have a natural curve work best like the photo of this year’s sand sculpture at the Fair (above) which is surrounded by a circular brick wall.
Here are a few more compositions which worked well with the fisheye lens.
In this case, I wanted the lens to curl the straight lines of the display cooler for this year’s butter sculpture found in the Dairy building.
A new exhibit this year is about the history of the New York State Fair. Big time entertainment at the Fair is something I fully remember and the time line, starting at 1969, on display worked well with the fisheye. Especially with the people near the center of the frame.
I found if I raised the camera over my head and angled the fisheye lens down I got some unique photos.
I could not get the live animals at the Fair to cooperate by looking directly into the fisheye lens at close range. I settled for this deer trophy at the DEC log cabin exhibit. He was much easier to work with.
This will be a good lens to use when the subject calls for it to help tell a story. Look for more from this lens in the future.