Thursday, August 18, 2011

Doing the fish

This post is dedicated to my new 8mm fish eye lens I scored on Amazon. 
I still don't think I've totally gotten the hang of the manual focus, so I fear some of my interior shots are pretty soft and slightly blurry.  I hope I get better at it, and I also hope my lens isn't defective because I know sometimes that can happen.  I love that it's not a 'bubble' fish eye, but a rectangular distortion.  Look at the width of this shot! 
The outside ones turned out pretty cool.  I played in the grass with the cats and just had fun with the camera for awhile.  I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy laying on my stomach taking pictures of my cat.  Oh well.
I love how this one makes the railing look.
Caution: the distortion can *ahem* make things look larger than they are.  
Shaun hung around for a hot minute so I could test my focusing skills.
That was actually the most enthusiastic shot.  Check out my marigold plant stands - I found some ugly green ones and sprayed them for the perfect place to stash a drink.  And they even match the zinnias!   
Naughty cat got a closeup after he got caught eating grass.  Again. 
I like that you can see our trash on the curb in this one.  Awesome!  I really need to take more photos of the front of the house, it gets no photo love.  Hello house.
Hello sky. 
So....if you have any manual focus advice for me, I'm all ears! 

14 comments:

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

Love the fun shots... and WHAT your grass is soooo green! I am jealous. Bad drought here :(

pamwares said...

i have always been a fan of the fish eye! They are just plain fun! So enjoy! Happy friday!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love the living room shot! It's neat to see everything in one swoop. Can't wait to see more.

Gloria @ A Little Paint said...

That looks like a black panther! Not a kittehhh! That lens does look super fun, my whole weekend would be gone if I just got one..

Mrs. Chic said...

That is so cool! love that lens

Mary @ stylefyles said...

oh SWEET! you can totally post listings on Craigslist now!

Enjoy the new lens

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Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

That is so cool!!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

What a fun lens! I have eyeballing one for awhile but did not have a specific reason to justify the expense. But it looks like I need to be saving my pennies!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Oooh, that's a fun new toy! I have not yet graduated from my little point-and-shoot, so I have no advice. But I'm sure you'll get the hang of it!

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Sara said...

fun shots! i want one! :)

Freckles Chick said...

Please come over & take pics of my house.....I could use your fancy new lens to make our tiny place appear larger than it is.

(Speaking of making objects appear larger than they are, we can also sneak in pics of my boobs.)

kristi.w. said...

That's awesome! I never knew a fish eye lens could be so much fun. I like the cat shot a lot. My father-in-law recently gifted me a wide angle lens that I'm having fun experimenting with. It's not a fish eye, but it still makes indoor shots look a lot better (and makes our house/rooms see a lot more spacious). Cool beans. I'm getting caught up on my blog reading. I'm so behind! So don't be surprised if you get a few comments from me today. :)