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The novelty fish-eye lens has long allowed photographers to explore a unique look and perspective in their picture-taking endeavors. Invented more than 100 years ago, the ultra-wide angle lens has a 180-degree angle of view and produces a hemispherical rather than the linear view that normal rectilinear design lenses have. Their first serious use was in the early 1900s to study full-sky views in meteorology. In the mid 1900s, photographers started experimenting with these lenses. Today we have two primary types of fish-eye lenses. The circular fisheye takes in a true 180-degree field of view and therefore produces a circular image. The full-frame fish-eye has a 180-degree field of view diagonally from corner to corner and produces a frame-filling image but with heavy linear distortion. Continue reading »
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For more than 30 years, I’ve photographed birds and other wildlife. Recently, I’ve put most of my efforts into capturing images of birds and other wildlife depicting their behavior. It’s not easy, but not beyond the reach of those who dedicate the required time and effort. The digital revolution and mind-blowing improvements in cameras, lenses and other accessories during the past decade have made it possible to get action and behavior bird photos like never before. Continue reading »
Avoiding Black Backgrounds for Macro Photography
by Greg Basco | October 02, 2014
Using black backgrounds is a divisive issue in nature photography; people tend either to love them or hate them. I’m more selective. I quite like black backgrounds for nocturnal animals as they give a totally natural look. I’ve had people tell me, for instance, that they prefer red-eyed tree frog photos with natural light and green forest backgrounds because they look more “natural.” Since red-eyed tree frogs, like most nocturnal frogs, are curled up asleep under a leaf during the day, this statement makes little sense to me. Continue reading »