A few more 180’s from the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye Lens

This Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens is actually quite fun to use and certainly can produce some interesting photographs. I previously talked about my first reactions to this lens in Fisheye Views. Well, I haven’t used the lens a huge amount more up to this point but it sure is a blast to pull it out once in a while. I read a forum post where some fellow talked about leaving the Nikon fisheye on his camera for about half of his photos. I think this would be a bad idea!

These two images are of a Beaver Tail Cactus and Mojave Juniper in Joshua Tree National Park. This particular beaver tail was a bright green with very gold spines. This is quite uncommon around here as most of them are a dark green. The Junipers are knarled trees that typically live to between 100 and 225 years old although some specimens may live beyond 1,000 years. This tree looks like it died at an old age.

Beaver Tail Cactus

Beaver Tail Cactus

Mohave Juniper

Mojave Juniper

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5 Responses to “A few more 180’s from the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye Lens”

  1. John says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Is the beaver tail image an HDR photo. Sure looks like it and I know you were planning on experimenting.

  2. kevin says:

    Hi John,

    Both of these images were processed in Nikon NX2 using the d-lighting settings. I haven’t done a direct comparison between this and using HDR software but I expect the results would be similar. If anything, using d-lighting likely adds more noise to the dark areas but on the notebook computer that I’m presently working on I can’t tell. More experimentation is required when I get back to my office set-up. I must say however that d-lighting is very interesting and has given life to some older raw images that I had put aside before because of extreme contrast issues.

  3. […] One of these, the Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye I have mentioned a number of times in previous posts (A few more 180’s from the Nikkor 10.5mm. The other lens I recently purchased was a Sigma 50mm Macro, not the most recent version but still […]

  4. Mike says:

    These look good. gotta love the amount of things you can stuff into a frame!

  5. kevin says:

    Actually it’s scary how much you can stuff into the frame. I’ve already photographed my camera bag twice, by mistake of course!

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