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Fisheye Rumble in the Pond Chapter 62: Fisheye Camera Recap

I'll say this: it's good that we don't have any dry branches, old newspapers or old oiled rags sitting around here, because those heated discussions could have easily sparked a full-on towering inferno of creative flames!

Ouch, I’m surprised that these pages aren’t too hot to touch! Thanks to our goldfish friends, and the Fisheye 2 expert shooters, we’ve got quite a few lessons to draw from the previous discourse. As David Wilms said (and my boys Chuck D Flavor Flav said), it would take a nation of millionzzz to hold back the Fisheye revolution. Here’s the top three points to take home with you:

Tip #1: Who said that you have to shoot only once?
It’s likely that the first time you ever picked up a camera, your Mom looked at you and said; “Now dear, you should only take one photo at a time.” Forget all about that, because even Mom is wrong from time to time. If you want proof, take a look in her closet – I bet that she has at least one pair of silver metallic Reebok sneakers. Given the Fisheye 2’s multiple exposure ability, you’ll want to do it again and again – without flash, with one flash, with two flashes, with a moving background, with a black cat, and with an aluminium baseball bat.

Tip #2: Colors are Crucial
In the first Fisheye Roundtable, we heard all about cross-processing, so we’re good with all that. The ability to use the Colorsplash flash adds a whole new dimension to the vivid wide-angle insanity that is sure to dominate your entire world in short order. Plug that into the hotshoe to toss a burst of tinted light at your subject. Play around with long-exposures and neon lights to up the ante, and try cross-processing your film (after laying down all this color action) to really blow things out through the freaking roof.

Tip #3: Love the Long Time
If there’s one thing that Lomographers really appreciate – it’s long exposures. We’ve all had that cheesy point-and-shoot camera at some time or another, the one that fires an ugly flash whenever the conditions are less than total blazing sunlight. After suffering with equipment like that, it feels simply spectacular to call your own shots and hold the shutter open for as long as you like. Suddenly, everything isn’t just black or blown-out with a white flash – it’s now a streaming, ambient wunderland of greens, yellows, reds, and other beautiful natural colors. Pair this long-exposure capability with a few flash bursts to really get a ‘lil wild.

Tip #4: The Multipurpose Viewfinder
That little circle thing in your box has a bunch of possibilities outside of its intended use. For the slaves to routine – yes, it can be used to preview your shot. But how about trying it out with a camera phone or another camera? Or just walking around with it to get all “wigged out on the street.” Try squinting and holding it in front of your eye like some kind of old-school monocle. A curly moustache would help that appearance. You can then walk straight into an Opera house and look so classy that they’ll usher you straight into the VIP section and serve you all the free champagne and caviar that you can stomach. Not that I’ve actually done this, but I suspect that there’s a good possibility of it happening. Right?

“Rumble in the Pond” is a 368-page hardcover book bursting with 170-degree Fisheye madness. Inside your will find exclusive tips and tricks, Lomographer profiles & interviews, an informative history of Fisheye lenses and goldfish breeding, and several hundred eye-popping barrel-distorted fisheye images. Get your own ""Rumble in the Pond" Fisheye Book":http://shop.lomography.com/rumble-in-the-pond-fisheye-book now!

written by ungrumpy

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