Leo Laksi’s Bangkok And Back

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Nikon D700 with Nikkor AF 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens in Bangkok

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Focuses attention on the subject.

No, the dog is not that LARGE.

Fisheye lenses have always been a bit difficult to figure out and most photographers don’t get beyond the relegation of this type of lens to the “don’t have to have” bin.  With it’s extreme barrel distortion, images take on a look that are far beyond an accurate depiction of the captured scene.  Straight lines on the edges bend and curve to the point that sometimes the lens becomes little more than a novelty act.

Yet fisheyes can be useful in drawing one’s attention to the subject of the photo.  Since distortion isn’t  quite as severe towards the center of the photo, that part of the image can retain a connection to the actual appearance of your target.  With slight distortion still present, it lends a perspective that is familiar yet somewhat different.  It’s in these situations the fisheye is at its best.

Photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor AF 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.

Chinese doughnuts in the round.

Chinese doughnuts in the round.

Centered on the vendor.

Centered on the vendor.

Street vendor.

Street vendor.

Plain bagel.

Plain bagel.


Written by leolaksi

December 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm

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  1. Hi there!

    Chanced upon your beautiful blog and i’m wondering which are the websites you’re using to edit, set contrast &brightness of your photos? or do you use photoshop? i really like your photographs !

    Hope to get your reply soon!



    November 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    • Hi Tiffany,

      First of all, thanks for your comment.

      I use Capture One to transfer the images and Aperture 3 to edit the photos. I don’t adjust them very much, just a little for brightness and some contrast. That’s about it.



      November 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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