Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. – Steven Wright
Before I go on a trip, I try and rent a lens that I’ve never used before. This time on my trip to Chicago, Illinois I rented two lenses, a Sigma 8mm circular fisheye and a Canon 24mm Tilt and Shift. I have never used a fisheye before, so it was tough deciding on the 8mm and the 15mm fisheye. I chose the Sigma 8mm fisheye because it was the most extreme and really wanted to experiment with the Chicago skyscrapers. When I first started taking photos with the fisheye, I thought I made a huge mistake renting it. I didn’t like any of the photos I took, nor did I think I would get any usable photos from it. On the second day I pointed the camera straight up and this opened up a whole new range of uses for the lens. I took about 4 different photos that I really like, but after 3 days I thought it would have been more. This lens takes some real getting use to, the 180 degree view and the distortion was strange and distracting to me. Since it only cost $36 to rent for 4 days and it has such limited uses that I would rent it instead of buying it. I just couldn’t see using it enough to justify purchasing it.
My Daily Photo: Chicago Fisheye Skyline.
This is a 7 exposure HDR of the Chicago skyline. I took this about 2 blocks west of Michigan Ave on the Chicago River. Up to this point I was very unhappy with the circular fisheye, but after I saw this photo and all the building looked like they were closing in on me I started to give it a real chance. Because it has a 180 degree field of view, cropping is not really an option. I would differently recommend trying a fisheye out just for the creative possibilities alone.