Fantastic Fisheye Foto Fun

Sorry about the alliteration in the title, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Canon Fisheye Lens
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens

Anyway, The other day, I went out on a photo shoot to exercise my new Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens. This lens produces circular 180º fisheye images with full-frame cameras at 8mm, and diagonal 180º fisheye images at 15mm. With APS-C and other crop-frame cameras, the lens produces 180º fisheye images only.

Using it on my Canon EOS 5D Mark III–a full-frame camera–I am able to get both fully circular as well as diagonal 180º fisheye images.

Shooting circular 180º fisheye images takes a bit of practice. You tend to find your feet in the photos when you shoot straight ahead, so be careful. I like to shoot into the sun to get the dramatic flare it produces. This effect is really effective with fisheye lenses, assuming you get the exposure right. I like to use a Speedlite flash to provide fill-in for the shadows. Most of the images below were shot this way.

Here is a sampling of some of the shots I took with this great lens. Click here to see the full series.

Pond at Morikami Tranquility 1 Canopy Lake Reflecting Midday Sun

Bamboo Grove II Taking Hold

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