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!
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Focal length: 11mm
Black and white
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