Heroic Failure - or Pyrrhic Victory?

By woolybill1
This image marks the failure of an idea. Well, the idea gets put on the back burner, let us say. In connection with one of my recent from-the-hip shots I foolishly told someone that the technique ought to work well with a fisheye lens; I suppose I imagined that, with everything pretty well guaranteed to be in focus from six inches to infinity, almost irrespective of aperture etc., it would be easy peasy squire.

Well, it does have possibilities. I didn't mention that Thursday's upload, Tea Rooms , was taken in precisely this fashion. But it was taken square on to the target, so to speak. As soon as you point it at an angle, one side begins to distort more, the other, less. That is what happened here.

Then, of course, there is the distance from the subject. Just try taking a photograph standing six inches away from anybody, let alone a large and irate market stall holder who is perfectly aware that you aren't really interested in cosmetics.....

Anyhow, as this is the digital era I didn't worry about wasting exposures; I do actually have another view available for posting if nothing more reliable transpires in the next week. I shall probably repeat the experiment one day, with a little more forethought! Meanwhile, the versions are as follows:

Version 1: Straightened in PSElements 5 (Free Transform Layers), required severe cropping;
Version 2: Straightened in Picasa, otherwise unmodified, allowed use of more of the frame;
Version 3: As it came out of the box.

Tags: Market General Fisheye York Market stall Cosmetics Humour and fun

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MickyMc 12 8 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 8:50AM
You certainly had great fun with that shot and thats what its all about. I think its worked well

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8 Dec 2007 9:23AM
Nice one Bill,
Nettles 13 England
8 Dec 2007 9:26AM
I hope that no one asks him about the makeup!
An interesting set of shots Bill, sometimes it pays to experiment and it would be boring if we all did safe shots all the time.
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
8 Dec 2007 9:33AM
A for effort! always good to see what doesn't quite work

Maybe he thought you were in need of something from under the counter Bill.

All the very best
danbrann 15 640 17
8 Dec 2007 11:47AM
Bendy Poles as well. Where I have been I only saw straight Czechs at the markets.
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
8 Dec 2007 11:52AM
I think it is a brave attempt - close photographic combat- with a very pleasing result; the two people in it complement each other and it is wonderfully colourful.
AlanC1 13 1 England
8 Dec 2007 1:36PM
You have to try these things still a very good shot and different.
TyChee 15 275 1 United States
8 Dec 2007 2:23PM
Well captured. Nice use of the fisheye.
Mounters 13 85 2 England
8 Dec 2007 2:44PM
You need Moira's invisibility cloak.
And why shouldn't you use cosmetics ducky!
riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
8 Dec 2007 3:30PM
i like the distortions of 1 Bill, I have to emulate this effect in Software, (it can be reveresed too, so any of these can be 'corrected')
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
8 Dec 2007 3:42PM
Software--- this is a good idea, I would hate to carry another lens but once in awhile I would like to use it-- This , actually, seems very amusing!

GalleryGirl 12 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 3:52PM
You've given away what you are buying Mrs. Woolybill for Christmas now. Super set of images - great fun.
Marilyn x
woolybill1 Plus
13 33 76 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 5:22PM

Quote:You certainly had great fun with that shot and thats what its all about

One of the best comments I have ever read on this site!
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 5:32PM
This is a perfect subject although I do think the stall holder might scare off the punters. I admit the lady looks slightly strange in versions 2 and 3 but I really like version 1.
bayleaf 12 8 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 5:46PM
Yes, I like version 1 too. Good to see you having fun and experimenting Bill.

nefaman 14 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 5:50PM
version 1 for me too
Hop-A-Long 13 52 1 England
8 Dec 2007 6:01PM
Great experiment there Bill. Came out pretty well to me. Now are you sure you are not interested in cosmetics. Watch him Moira. LOL.
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2007 6:25PM
Version1 Bill..not a very inviting salesman and he certainly doesn't look as though he is into cosmetics. Great subject though and an excellent trio!
First class, terrific presentation
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 11 Wales
8 Dec 2007 6:41PM
Great use of the Fish-eye Bill.Never thought it would work in a candid image but this does.
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
8 Dec 2007 7:08PM
You have got to ''experiment'' Bill and as you say,no problem in wasting that valuable film that we used to use.No 1 fine after your staightening and cropping.Stll to get my hands on that bottle of Newcastle Brown by the way.
imagio 13 12 1 England
8 Dec 2007 8:50PM
Thats what photography is all about Bill exploring all possibilities.

kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
8 Dec 2007 8:52PM
well done in all the all versions too
JudeC 13 6 3 England
9 Dec 2007 11:32AM
Although it hasen't worked out how you wanted - I like it - i want a fish eye lense for Xmas, Mr C says no chance! - Jude.
proz 15 205 United States
9 Dec 2007 11:43PM
dang I like all 3. way impressed with #3. Shooting from the hip never sure what is going to happen. Isn't it great the freedom of digital. Looking forwad to seeing more experiemnts.
newy17 14 273 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2007 3:55PM
he dos'nt look happy bill but superbly done ,,

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