Here is another honeymoon shot. The weather was cool and overcast, my favorite kind. The scent of the bay and the fishing industry were quite noticeable and lent an air of age. Our car’s trunk was packed with photo gear and our minds were filled with the love of exploration. Lobster pots were piled near a small dock at the other end of a cul-de-sac. And before us, the old fortress loomed.
When most people think about fisheye lenses, they see images in their minds’ eyes of heavily distorted interiors and exteriors warped wildly until they resemble a reflection in a funhouse mirror. But this inherent distortion can actually be controlled to make for extremely wide-angle landscapes views.
This external view of Fort Popham in Maine is a nice example. By leveling the lens with the horizon, the image looks less distorted and makes for a great panorama. In fact the view reminded me of some of the stories of gladiators in ancient arenas, fighting it out in the midst of towering walls while cheering crowds egged them on.
Bracketed shot taken with Canon 7D and Rokinon 8mm fisheye. Mounted on a Vanguard Alta Pro tripod and stitched together with Photomatix Pro in post-production.
Exposure Data: ISO 160; f/11; 1/400, 1/25, 1/10