Passing Over

By: Gustav Hoiland

Oct 24 2010

Category: fisheye, skateboard

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D




More fisheye-ing at the skate park today. What has struck me most about the lens is how incredibly close you need to get in order to have anything be ‘big’ in the photo. This guy was maaaaybe 3 feet from the lens but appears much further. I have to keep reassuring the skaters that if harm comes to the lens it’s entirely my fault, and thus they shouldn’t be skittish when I have it mere inches from their wheels for the closer-up shots.

This image stood out because technique-wise it seems 100% skateboard. 1. There’s an off camera flash that lights up the subject. 2. Said subject is doing a trick at the photographer’s request/not out of pure skate pleasure. 3. There’s an epic-ness about it that is pretty incredible when compared to the really unremarkable reality from whence it came (skater goes up ramp, comes down… that’s it).

And by off camera flash I mean I’m just holding it at arm’s length. At such a close distance it’s enough to offset the shadows a bit and otherwise distinguish it, if only subtly, from an on-camera flash shot. I’ll definitely be playing around with this more in the coming days.

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