"Dancing In The Sunset"
© David A. Ziser
I really enjoy this image. I made it several years ago in my migration to digital photography. I had always been a medium format Hasselblad shooter and loved to use wide angle lenses. After switching to digital shooting, things changed.
First of all, I was shooting in a rectangular format which was a bit uncomfortable for me since I had been shooting square format for over 20 years. But, you know, you get used to it.
My biggest problem was finding wide angle and lenses like I had in my Hasselblad gear bag. I eventually purchased my first fisheye lens, a Nikkor 16mm lens – a great piece of glass. The only problem was that it didn’t work as well on my APS sized Nikon D1x, or so I thought.
The more I played with the lens/camera combo I began to really like the less distorted super wide angle almost fisheye effect. Now let’s fast forward to June 2010 – Lightroom 3 is released. I fell in love with this program, especially the lens correction feature. Now I could take those early fisheye images and transform them into rectilinearly corrected super wide angle images – way cool.
That’s what I did in today’s photograph. This image was originally taken with a fisheye lens. But after a little Lightroom 3 magic, I was able to remove the spherical distortion and the converging vertical lines giving me a very cool wide angle bridal image.
Lighting was from camera left, my Quantum on 1/2 power. I adjusted the shutter speed to under expose the sky slightly for this very dramatic image of my bride.
Camera specs: Nikon D1x fitted with Nikkor 16mm fisheye lens, F5.6 @ 1/500 second, ISO 400. Enjoy! -David
p.s. Want to see the original image? Hit the “Read More…” link below.
Here’s what the original image looked like. Pretty cool don’t you think? –David