A new perspective on Dunluce - the adventure continues

April 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This is part 2 of a mini-series charting one day of fun with a fisheye lens.  Two emails in response to the first post reminded me that I hadn't mentioned which precise lens I was using or even the camera.  Apologies.  The lens is a Nikon 16mm 2.8 fisheye and the camera a Nikon D800e.  Now back to the adventure.

I had planned a three stop tour of the Causeway Coast - in between coffee shops and eating places.  The first stop was the harbour at Portstewart.  The second was the wonderful ruined castle at Dunluce.  I headed down the steps stopping at the gap in the cliff for this shot.

I was astonished how the lens appeared to pull in the sides, propelling the eye forward into the centre of the photo and the castle itself.  (What looks like a black dot is in fact a bird! I couldn't bring myself to remove it in post processing.)

Once down at the castle new possibilities presented themselves.  I was now able to use the circular opening beneath the footbridge to advantage.

And by lying on my back to shoot up I was able to take another circular view.  Applications for this approach may be rather limited although I can imagine it would be interesting in Manhattan!

I climbed back up the steps to capture the wide view from above.  After a variety of shots I began to pack up to leave when I noticed that the light had changed, one of April's many showers darkened the sky and the sea beneath turned a remarkable shade of green.  Once again the fisheye effect is apparent with the coastline being 'pulled in' and the castle seeming to sit forward in the prominent place.

I cropped the final shot to a panorama to complete this second part of the adventure.

Dunluce Panorama


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