This is my last series of street photography in Hong Kong using a Fisheye lens. Fisheye lenses are often considered a ‘no-no’ among professional landscape and cityscape photographers. People see them as not much more than a gimmick. I often hear complaints about fisheye lenses because of ‘that ugly distortion’. I am a one camera one lens person and have strongly benefited from this approach, as it makes me pay more attention to what's happening on the street rather than worrying about which camera or lens combination would work best for a particular type of scene.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about fisheye lenses myself. However, after using the fisheye for a while I slowly began to love it. There are just so much possibilities with fisheye lenses. And most important of all, they are super fun to use. Just think of crazy vertigos from rooftops or images in which distorted lines actually give meaning to an image. My fisheye lens has become a tool for so many interesting shots, and it’s now one of my favourite lenses.
鱼眼镜头通常被认为是一种 “非专业” 的镜头，无论是专业风景摄影师或者城市摄影师用得都不多，因为鱼眼镜头具有非常夸张的透视畸变效果，所以在很多人眼里鱼眼镜头也就是个噱头罢了，出不了专业的作品。但是凡事从无到有总有个过程。我一开始也不太喜欢鱼眼镜头，总觉得像一个玩具， 但喝了鱼眼这口毒奶之后发现真是欲罢不能。简单来说鱼眼照片之所以让我感到有趣，是因为拍摄出来的画面跟我肉眼所见差别很大：直线可以变弯曲，透视畸变在这里可以夸张无比。如果拍摄的照片是以线条为主，那么甚至可以实现各种平时非肉眼常见的景色。
Put a fisheye in front of your sensor and keep looking through the viewfinder. You will find so many interesting shapes and compositions that you would normally completely miss. It offers so much creativity. And that’s not all. A fisheye can also be super useful in getting shots that would normally require lots of trouble and are sometimes nearly impossible to make with a normal extreme wide angle lens.
A fisheye generally curves straight lines. So if you photograph round shapes with it the curving gets less noticeable.
For street photography, architecture in Hong Kong is always a readily available photo element. To simply include buildings in your composition may seem a bit boring. By using fisheye lenses supporting diagonal fisheye effect with 180 degree angle of view, you can twist the buildings and streetscape on the four image corners to create exaggerated, interesting and lovable distortion effect, capturing a view that is invisible to the naked eyes.
The fisheye lens was used here to get a super wide view pointing upwards. The curved building on the right helps here, making you not even notice that this was shot with a fisheye. Using a fisheye lens opens up a world of possibilities which I think every photographer is looking for. I thoroughly enjoyed using it and would love to shoot more with it in the future. I would highly recommend that you also try it. It is going to be Fun !
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