Fisheye Lens Perspective for Paddling?
I just got a fisheye lens for my Canon 5D/II: Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye. It is designed for a full frame DSLR camera and offers a 180 degree field of view. It was difficult choice between this lens and Canon 15 mm fisheye, but the Sigma lens had better reviews.
My primary reason for this lens was to shoot caricature portraits (including self portraits) inspired by the work of Sharon Dominick. Of course, I am also going to have some fun with that lens outdoors with landscape and paddling. So, here is my first series of pictures with the Sigma fisheye shot during recent paddling with Sea Wind canoe on the Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins – just trying different angles and distortions. The last picture was shot after sunset with a tripod.
I am sure more fisheye pictures will appear here in the future. I am going to mount a camera with this lens on kayak front deck and, also, shoot more from a kayak cockpit to add something to my old post A View from a Kayak Cockpit – 3 Paddlers, 3 Cameras, 3 Boats.
What do you think about the fisheye perspective for paddling photography?
You can find a lot of good fisheye pictures including shots from sea kayaking in Flickr photostream of Mark Payton. He is shooting with the Canon lens.