Seduced by the Fisheye

When I first told you I had gotten a Fisheye lens as a present, I mentioned when the subject called for it, I would use the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens. Oh, but the Fisheye is a crafty seductress.  Once I do put the Fisheye lens on my camera, I find all sorts of subjects to photograph with it.

For instance, I never thought of it as a lens for landscape photography. The Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park in Utah is large and hard to get all in one frame except from a distance.  With the Fisheye, I was able to get in close (within 5 feet) and accent the arch’s curvature.

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah taken with a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/100s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3.

I found it was fun to shoot into the Sun using a Fisheye stopped down to f/22 like you see here of Turret Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

Turret Arch sunburst from North Window Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

Turret Arch sunburst from North Window Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0.

The real reason I wanted a Fisheye lens was for the Disney themeparks.  For years I have seen other photographers share wonderful photos with their Fisheye lenses. I got my own chance the last couple of months.  First at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, California.

Riding California Screamin at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California.

Riding the California Screamin roller coaster at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, California.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0.

Then in Walt Disney World.  The Muppet * Vision 3-D Theater has very slightly curved rows for the seats.  The Fisheye really took the curve and bent it a few degrees. 🙂

Guests take their seats in the Muppet Vision 3-D theater before a performance in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Guests take their seats in the Muppet Vision 3-D theater before a performance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/25s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Not sure how long this will go on.  I am afraid I am quite smitten. 😉

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3 Responses to Seduced by the Fisheye

  1. Mike says:

    Oh how I understand! Great images! The Mesa Arch is a perfect example of how to use these lenses. I really like the one on California Screamin’…

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