A lot of surf photographers use fisheye lenses when shooting in the drink as it can make barrels look wide and you can get up nice’n’snug with your subject (hopefully someone riding high in the bat cave or a nice empty cavity). I like shooting fisheye as I feel a part of the action. Standing on the beach with a long lens can be pretty lame. Shootin’ fisheye has it’s disadvantages though – you have to be SO close to what you’re shooting or they will look like ants in your images. This means you’re within touching distance…and can push surfers to do manoeuvres on parts of waves where they shouldn’t be – just so they’re in front of you. Also in a random line up like a beachie you’ll find yourself swimming hard chasing everyone around (or dodging beginners loose boards).
Yesterday a little box rolled up to the gallery with the new Canon Fisheye 8-15mm begging for a test run. I’d heard a bit about this lens. It’s a zoom and ultra wide, so you can shoot it at 8mm all the way up to 15mm (not corrected). That’s great as some of my cameras aren’t full sensor and at 8mm they look like a fisheye WITH full sensor (very very wide). Ok, so I’ve probably lost most of you guys with camera geek talk…but here 7 photos taken with the new lens. I rate the lens and it’s got a permanent place in my camera bag from now on.
Today’s got waves, sun and barely and wind. New south swell is here and I like it. (2-3 foot)
A group of us are surfing and raising money for SurfAid and I would like you to contribute to our Tag Team here. C’mon. If you could see how poor the people are in Mentawai you’d wanna help them and $50 goes a long way.
If you want to go to the Mentawais this weekend there is a big swell coming and Tengirri has 3 spots come up right at the last minute. Make an offer and steal a mega deal on 12 days in the Mentawais. Boat leaves Saturday from Padang. Email email@example.com
Seeyouse :: uge
PS – I know nothing of any new Canon camera bodies that are coming out. (a lot of people ask me this)