Photographing a bridge with a fisheye

bridge with a fisheye

The other day I found myself photographing a bridge with a fisheye lens. Actually, I was doing it with two, one on the camera, and one on my phone.

bridge with a fisheye

Photographing a bridge with a fisheye

I’ve been working with Struman Optics to use their lenses for the phone. I love using them, but it also means getting past my reluctance to get out on my own to get photos. So, with the purpose of getting out to take photos for Struman, I put the Samyang 8mm fisheye lens on the Fujifilm X-T20 and went down to the Studley Boathouse to take some photos.

Part of the reason for wanting to go there is the bridge in the above photo. It is a small suspension bridge. There are quite a few of these sorts of bridges that go over the Yarra River. Well, I know of two. It occurred to me that the bridge might be a good subject for the fisheye lens.

Samyang 8mm Fisheye

I borrowed this lens because I thought it would be good for New Zealand. We were hoping to be able to do some Astro, but in all the places we went, it was overcast at night.

There was one place where I got it out, but that was it. So, now that I am home I’ve been trying to think of some places to take photos with it before I have to give it back.

Kane’s Bridge

This bridge has a bit of sentimental meaning for me. When I got my first SLR camera back in 1993 my husband suggested we go there so I could take some photos. I remember the trip well.

It occurred to me that the bridge might be good to photograph with the fisheye lens. I am so happy I did. The lines of the bridge were great to play with.

While there I also went to the boathouse where the rowboats were.

It was a quick trip, and I just walked around, took some photos and then left. I should do more quick trips like this. Build up my confidence more to get me to do more outings by myself.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Leanne, awesome photos, how did you find the quality of the Samyang lens, thanks Phillip

    1. Thank you, I think a lot of people try to use like a normal lens and you shouldn’t. I use it to exaggerate lines and curves.

  2. Interesting shots, Leanne and a good location. I’ve been there a number of time but have not shot the suspension bridge. Thanks for the inspiration.

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