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I've been at that fisheye lens again...

I thought I'd make another trip down to Norwich Cathedral today - I've walked around it plenty of times (admittedly mostly at night) but I've never been inside before. I thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some more time with my oft-neglected fisheye and see if I could make use of it a little more sensitively, rather than simply using it for goofy shots.

Of those I took I thought this shot of the cloisters worked quite well - the curved ceilings seem to lend themselves to a little more distortion. The trouble with this fisheye (maybe all fisheyes - I've not tried any others) is that you tend to get quite a bit of blue halos around bright, contrasty edges. I assume that's probably down to a combination of the extreme curvature of the lens and the fact that you can't stick a UV on it. Thus I've gone for the black and white option!

I've been playing around with a demo of Photomatix Pro and this is a bit of an HDR (assuming I'm using it correctly...) to brighten up the indirectly-lit stonework. To be honest, I'm not entirely convinced that I couldn't get the same result by shooting in 14-bit and playing with curves and / or overlaying an equalised version in PS. But I didn't shoot in 14-bit. Maybe an experiment for another time, but I would welcome any opinions on the subject.

Anyway, thanks for looking, enjoy!

Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Focal length: 11mm
ISO 200

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tokina 10-17mm DX Fisheye
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Cathedral Cloister
Username:Blinky Blinky
Uploaded:1 Mar 2008 - 8:34 PM
Tags:Arch, Architecture, Black & white, Cathedral, Cloister, Mono, Norwich
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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 8:34 PM

Lovely image

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
1 Mar 2008 - 8:36 PM

Thanks very much John.
Ian

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jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 1045 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 - 8:36 PM

I love this.

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
1 Mar 2008 - 8:43 PM

Thanks Jenni!
Ian

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Lilac
Lilac  7 England
1 Mar 2008 - 8:44 PM

Great angle and fab black & white

Susan

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 Mar 2008 - 8:49 PM

first time i see this kind of view (angle of a cloister) shot with a fisheye... distortion is impressive, though harmonious in this case (vaultings in the ceiling)
funny how there are rails only on the right side Smile

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 8:51 PM

Beautiful use of fish eye.

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jdh2
jdh2  8 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 8:52 PM

very nice shot. Well thought out and executed.

Jerry

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EllieEdge
EllieEdge  6 Norway42 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 8:55 PM

Great! You could consider cloning out the railing (?). I find it a bit distracting.

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brand
brand  9 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 - 9:02 PM

Very nice shot.
Mike

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edwood
edwood  6 Scotland
1 Mar 2008 - 9:15 PM

brillyant shot,great composition,if only you could get rid of railings.

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viscostatic
1 Mar 2008 - 9:49 PM

Great perspective and beautiful monochrome tones.

Phil.

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 9:52 PM

wonderful (I want a fisheye now)

Dianna

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
1 Mar 2008 - 9:58 PM

Wow, thanks for your clicks and comments everyone! I've a lot of catching up to do - that'll teach me to go out for an hour!
I'll have a go at the railing - watch this space...
Ian

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Danny_Peters
1 Mar 2008 - 10:12 PM

You aren't helping. I'm trying to not buy a fisheye.

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
1 Mar 2008 - 10:20 PM

Glad to be of disservice Danny! Wink
Ian

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 10:49 PM

Great angle, almost Escher-like

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
1 Mar 2008 - 11:27 PM

Thanks very much Katy.

For those who wanted rid of the railings, I have uploaded a cleaned-up version. Thanks for the suggestion!

Ian

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sidaorb
sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 11:28 PM

Love the whole atmosphere of this shot, prefer V2 without the handrail

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
1 Mar 2008 - 11:31 PM

Thanks Carl. Glad it was worth it - not the easiest clone job I've had to do!
Ian

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EllieEdge
EllieEdge  6 Norway42 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2008 - 10:23 AM

Yes - I like it even better without the railing Smile
And thanks for your comment on my sunset.

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meekie
meekie  10 Scotland
2 Mar 2008 - 10:33 AM

Well worth dusting down the fisheye for this one Ian. V2 is definitely better for getting shot of the handrail.

Graham

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
2 Mar 2008 - 10:43 AM

Eli, Graham, thanks very much.

Hooray, another RC! Thanks to everyone for their clicks, I really appreciate it. I was feeling a bit crap a week or so ago, unable to come up with any worthwhile pics, but your responses to my last few pics have really turned me around. Thanks again!
Ian

Last Modified By Blinky at 2 Mar 2008 - 10:44 AM

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photophantom
2 Mar 2008 - 1:49 PM

Perfect angle for a difficult geometric subject. Very well balance of symmetry of polygons and archaeological details. Well done Artist EngineerSmile

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Blinky  6 England
2 Mar 2008 - 2:14 PM

Thanks Dennis, much appreciated!
Ian

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
2 Mar 2008 - 9:02 PM

Well done for taking the railing out. Great mono shot, like it.

Nicky

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
2 Mar 2008 - 9:54 PM

Thanks very much Nicky.
Ian

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AnneWorner e2 Member 6612 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2008 - 1:07 AM

Excellent and interesting image - amazing how the fish-eye makes things look - very tempting to get one at some point! You did a fabulous job of cloning out the rail - you must have a lot of patience!
Anne

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Blinky  6 England
3 Mar 2008 - 8:01 AM

Thanks very much Anne. The cleaning up only took about an hour or so. I think it's one of those things you just have to take your time over though - you can generally spot a bad cloning job a mile away!
Ian

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
3 Mar 2008 - 8:03 AM

An excellent use of the fisheye lens, a really good shot.
Good work on getting rid of the handrail as well.
Annette

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trissie  8 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 - 8:41 AM

Excellent capture, great detail and looks good in mono.

Trish

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Blinky  6 England
3 Mar 2008 - 9:26 AM

Trish, Annette, thank you very much.
Ian

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EmmaG_M
EmmaG_M  6136 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2008 - 12:36 PM

Like the distortion and symmetrical effect! Could of sworn it was a mirror image!

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dreamflower
5 Mar 2008 - 3:04 PM

love the perspective...the fish eye lens sets if off...this works on every level. I like the 2nd image. It focused me eye back into the image.

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
5 Mar 2008 - 8:23 PM

Thanks very much Emma and Traci!
Ian

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Skye24Blue
8 Mar 2008 - 1:40 PM

Incredibly beautiful!
Mac

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Blinky  6 England
11 Mar 2008 - 5:46 AM

Thanks very much Mac
Ian

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lilybear
lilybear  6 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 - 12:53 PM

I really like this photo. I live in norwich and vist the cathedral often. But never seen this shot before. Very inspiring !! will have to give it a try. Well done

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Blinky
Blinky  6 England
13 Apr 2008 - 11:52 AM

Thanks very much Gill - I'll be keeping an eye on your PF!
Ian

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