View Full Version : Bellevue Park outing.

01-25-2009, 04:06 PM
The invites went out, and nobody on this forum showed up. However, my good friend did, and we had a blast in the cold frigid temperatures.

I decided to bring my fisheye, and wouldn't you know it, I got a close flyby from a big beautiful bald eagle while waiting for others to arrive. I couldn't believe my bad luck. It was a no go with a fisheye. I didn't even bother to take his photo, even though it killed me. Next time I go out there, I am going armed with a 50-500mm as opposed to a 10-17mm fisheye. Well my friend got a lot of awesome black capped chickadee shots, squirrels, and even ducks. I had to content myself with scenics. Bahumbug!

It was a beautiful day, even though there was a slight breeze that felt like -30C. On the plus side, it was quite warm facing the sun.

The fisheye at 10mm gives about a 180 degree field of view. It is a great lens if you want to include your shadow.


A fisheye is also great for some wacky close-ups. Here is one of a trashcan. my lens was almost touching the can. That is my arm just to give you an idea. Yeah, the other one took the photo.

Here is another. I was only a few centimeters away from the lock. The lens can focus on something literally touching the front element. I try not to do that seeing that there is no way to put a filter on it. I worry that I may scratch the front element, even though Pentax says their coating on the front element is super durable.

01-25-2009, 04:12 PM
Here are a few more with the fisheye. It is a neat fun lens (unless your stuck with it and you see lots of feathers and fur laughing at you and posing out of range lol)

I digress....it does lend a neat perspective to things.


If you center the horizon lines, you can almost get little distortion. In case you were wondering..no I didn't move my van situated in the foreground of the above photograph.

or if you move in, you can get some wacky distortions. Note my shadow off to the right. I decided to leave it there as a playful interaction with the snow mounds shadow.

01-25-2009, 04:18 PM
The only photo of my friend I will post.

I was only a few feet in front of the stage, and I could still include the whole building plus its flag.

Note the small distortion on the horizon line. Because the line is a little south of dead center, you can just see the ends roll up a little. A fisheye can give you a lot of room for creativity once you realize its characteristics.

Move the camera up and you can increase the distortion on horizontal lines.

01-25-2009, 04:23 PM
Hug a tree...why not?

I find it interesting how each lens has its own signature.

One thing I have noted about Pentax lenses compared to my Canon ones. Pentax lenses have the best lens coatings in the business. It’s my line of choice for including direct suns in my photographs.

Well here is hoping that next time, more people will show up. :)

01-26-2009, 11:53 AM
Wow great photos! Some of them can really make your head swirl so to speak lol.

01-26-2009, 05:56 PM
Thanks. It is sort of fun to play with perspective.

Super Gram
01-26-2009, 06:49 PM
Glad to see you back.......love your pictures:thumbs_up:

01-28-2009, 07:06 AM
Thank you.