I began experimenting with a fisheye lens after using one for a display project several years ago. A fisheye lens requires a different way of viewing and composing. Geometric elements take on new forms as straight lines bend and curved lines straighten. All elements in a scene are included in the 180 degree coverage, yet many which would normally be dominant are relegated to a minor role.

A fisheye lens covers a full hemisphere in front of the viewer. The image on the screen is a circle. A quality fisheye lens is a large and bulky affair with the glass protruding well ahead of the case where it is subject to all manner of hazards. The lenses used for these images were a Sigma 8mm F4 lens early on and currently a Nikon 8mm F2.8 lens made in the 1970's. I used a film camera until 2009 when the availability of a full frame digital camera, necessary for the coverage of the full circle, and the cost of film conspired to force me into the digital age. Where, incidently, it's a whole lot easier to produce high quality images.


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