Fisheye on Asphalt

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 10 2010

Category: fisheye


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

On the Pavement

A recent lunch break at work brought me down a street out behind the parking lot and through some brambles. A strange isolated place with towering trees on both sides of the road and incessant barking from suspicious dogs. I never knew it was there until I ventured beyond the bushes.

I’m almost hesitant to show this image because it seems so cliche, somehow in a way that I can’t quite peg down as cliche. Maybe cliche isn’t the right word. It just seems like an overly dramatic black and white fine-art-esque photo. Not usually my style, but very much my style in that it has a striking sense of cool at a glance.

Sure the trees are incredibly detailed in their branches and leaves, and that leaf at bottom left is a nice touch. But what really brings this home for me is the shadows cast on the blacktop. Blur your eyes a bit and check out the wispiness of it all. The spidery shapes are similar to those cast on the surface of water when seen from below. Somehow that clicks for me.

Just lunch!

2 comments on “Fisheye on Asphalt”

  1. before reading your verbage my reaction:

    cliche, but very well done.

    i would tend to liken it to a good pop song. it’s been done so many times before, yet stands out for some reason.

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