In the beginning there was nothing ...
Wrong, at least for photography. In the beginning there have been a lot of unexpected and starling surprises. After successive experiments and with the help of different inquisitive minds many good images appeared at last. And even today photography remains an experimental art form – an art where you can try your sophisticated guesses to end in a picture.
Photography seems to be a lot for technical interested people. There seems to be always a newer and shinier camera at the horizon. On the other hand, when we have this impressive model – what to do. As common sense indicate today it’s typically best to put it on automatic mode – only experts should handle the different other cases.
But even today there are the inventors and explorers in the crowd, they will think in a different way, they want to create and they start to play. To create and envision and make something new is their ultimate goal. Sometimes it’s just by luck you find out a new form of taking – more making pictures. There are these moments of “Ahh-ha”. Then you are thrilled and this mix of challenge, discovery and revelation is indescribable.
Becoming creative means mostly to fail, because the path is full of traps and surely it is not an easy one. But if it turns out to be perfect the reward to succeed is as well immensely great.
The means to creativity is different for each person. As a photographer you have a lot of choice concerning subject matter, gear, light and many more. I will ramble on some of this in upcoming blog posts. For today I will stick to gear – especially lenses and here especially fish eye lenses.
The original build lens was called a ‘whole-sky-lens’ but is nowadays widely known as fish eye lens. If you ever thought about how a fish might see the world – just look through one of these lenses and you can imagine the feeling. As most of these species have their eyes placed on both sides of their head they nearly get a view of 360 –degree.
Fish eye lenses typically provide a 180-degree view with an extremely wide depth of field. The images produced with these lenses will have more or less distortion depending on manufacturer and brand, but some subjects can come really alive with it. It is a lens to use your sneaker zoom. You have to go close, very close, the closer the better. You have to consider that the edges of the frame will get the most distortion, because there it is the most obvious. Therefore you should mostly put your subject of desire near the middle of the frame.
As I wanted to explore a little bit more I just took a double exposure, a cheap fisheye lens and that's the result.