I still have more rugby photos, but I'm taking a break to show you something that some of you may find interesting. I just got a new lens for my camera. It's a Nikon 10.5mm "fisheye" lens. For those of you not into photography, suffice it to say it's a very wide angle lens.
Like other fisheye lens photos you've probably seen, the resulting photos come out very bent looking. The lens' field of view, horizontally, is 180 degrees, but there is the whole bent look thing.
This is where things get really interesting. Nikon designed this lens specifically for its digital SLRs. It also designed post-processing software called Capture NX. It includes a correction function specifically matched to this lens. Since they controlled both ends of the equation, they were able to get the correction just right.
The lens just arrived today, so I took it outside tonight shortly after sunset and took a photo of the front of the house. Here are the results, as shot and after the correction in Capture NX (click on each one for a better look):
Corrected (and cropped a bit)
I love it. I can't wait to see what I can do with this around some interesting architecture.