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Surreal Cactus Landscape in the Huntington Gardens

Surreal Cactus Landscape in the Huntington Gardens

Surrealism in Landscape Photography can be enhanced by using a non-standard lens. I built a super-wide angle lens hack assembly specifically designed to produce a circular image on film.

Ultrawide surreal tree image

Ultrawide surreal tree image

I like that the full circle creates a frame for the subject.

Surreal Landscape in the Huntington Gardens

Surreal Landscape in the Huntington Gardens

After trying several variations, I settled on this version which has a nice roll off of sharpness and linearity at the edges.

Preternatural Cactus Landscape

Preternatural Cactus Landscape

A friend, upon hearing that we were going to visit the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, recommended the cactus garden area. Living in a desert region myself, I was loathe to shoot yet more cacti, but, the Huntington Gardens cactus collection is fabulous in every way.

Close-ups Are Possible with this Lens Hack - Succulent

Close-ups Are Possible with this Lens Hack - Succulent

The POV (Point of View) with any very wide lens can be challenging. With a full circle ultra-wide, where everything will show (read: NO CROPPING) camera position is critical. Note how well it works in close-ups as well as landscape wide shots.

Succulent in Ultra-wide Close-up

Succulent in Ultra-wide Close-up

I mounted the lens assembly on the great Nikon F100 camera body.

Nikon F100 with Circular Wide-angle Lens Hack

Nikon F100 with Circular Wide-angle Lens Hack

This rig allowed me to retain metering and manual focus with viewfinder clarity.

Super-wide Angle Lens Assembly

Super-wide Angle Lens Assembly

Neat, sweet, petite.

Film Negative on Kodak T-Max 400 TMY Film

Film Negative on Kodak T-Max 400 TMY Film

This particular lens hack produced the best images on film. Digital sensors require a different configuration for best imaging and resolution. (maybe the subject of another post?)

Cheers,

Ken Storch

  8 Responses to “Surreal Circular Landscape Photos Using a Homemade DIY Ultra-Wide Lens Hack”

  1. they look great on the monitor!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I love this work.

  3. these are really cool. i like the light falloff at the edges.

  4. would you be willing to share more information on how you created the Surreal Circular Landscape camera, especially how to do create an Ultra-Wide Lens Hack. I am currently digging deep on the internet to try to find DIY ways to create a camera that creates circular images. My preference is to use 120 film. I have a kiev, pentax 67II. any ideas?

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