Monday, September 24, 2007

Photo geek stuff

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):

As shot

Corrected (and cropped a bit)

I love it. I can't wait to see what I can do with this around some interesting architecture.


Dantallion said...

The effect is pretty sharp. And your home is beautiful.

pinknest said...

your home is so nice and well-manicured!!

what do you do with a fisheye lens?

Eric said...

I want that home.

PatCH said...

Yay for the 10.5 fisheye. Nice photo, too. Though I kinda like the fisheye effect to begin with. I bet you'll have fun with the new lens!

CoffeeDog said...

Your photos always look so sharp and clear. Mine look like shit!