Location Scout Fisheye photographs contained herein
are a diverse of collection of scenes I have captured while location scouting (or just as likely on my own personal time), using my fisheye lens setups. While these fisheye location scouting photographs are probably nothing a location manager, production designer, producer, director or photographer you might be working for is likely to want to see, due the distortion of perspective inherent in a fisheye lens, I often find fisheye photos visually appealing and therefore shoot them whenever I have extra time working or on personal expeditions.
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Location Scout Fisheyes: Times Square NYC – a set on Flickr
Anytime I am working as a location scout, if there is extra time, if I am due a short break or it is the end of the day, since I end up at some pretty interesting locations, I try to make some creative images for myself. One of my favorite ways of being “creative” is photographing with a fisheye lens. People seem to either love ’em or hate ’em – guess it is a matter of preference?
Location Scouting: Kenozia Lake, Catskill Mountains, New York
While location scouting in the Catskill Mountains recently, (on a location scout for something else of course – scenic farms, actually…) I happened on Kenozia Lake, near Bearsville, NY. What a peaceful, serene setting on that misty and still Spring morning 🙂
I attempted to capture the the moment with a fisheye lens – many times the fisheye lens is effective for creating a sort of wacky, distorted view (I would almost NEVER use a fisheye for location scouting for a job for a client…) but, here, being very careful to keep the camera and lens very level, I believe I was able to capture the essence of a very pastoral mountain lake scene successfully.
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Fisheye Photography Gear
If you are interested in fisheye photography, below is a listing and info about some of the equipment I use.
Fisheye lenses are also very useful for creating virtual reality (vr) panorama photographs and presentations.
I use a Leica D-Lux 3 (also sold as Panasonic LX-2) with an adapter tube for my Nikon FC-E8 fisheye lens. Here is a post with more details about rigging a D-Lux 3 or LX-2 with an extension tube.
You would probably actually be much happier with an updated version of the D-Lux 3 / LX-2, as later models i.e. D-Lux 4, D-Lux 5 etc. have lens barrels that are threaded, which makes it much easier to add an adapter for the fisheye lens.
The Nikon FC-E8 lens is a circular fisheye with 183 degree coverage. It sees everything in front of you, above and below and even a little bit behind you! Keep your feet out of the shot! 😉
Lens / Filter Adapter Kits for Leica D-Lux and Panasonic LX cameras
I also have a Sony A-230 dslr camera I use with a Rokinon 8mm aspherical fisheye lens. It has close to the same coverage as the FC-E8, the effective difference is the full image area is contained within a rectangular frame whereas the circular fisheye image area is inside a circular area:
Wikipedia: Fisheye Lens
In photography, a fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that takes in a broad, panoramic and hemispherical image. Originally developed for use in meteorology to study cloud formation and called “whole-sky lenses”, fisheye lenses quickly became popular in general photography for their unique, distorted appearance. They are often used by photographers shooting broad landscapes to suggest the curve of the Earth. Hemispherical photography is used for various scientific purposes to study plant canopy geometry and to calculate near-ground solar radiation.