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Why do these photos look the way they do?

post #1 of 11
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post #2 of 11

Looks to me like they were taken using a fisheye lens.

post #3 of 11

A rogue White Dwarf Star might have been passing just overhead at that very moment.

 

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Looks to me like they were taken using a fisheye lens.


But the corners in the foreground are not bent.

post #5 of 11

It's just angled upwards and taken at a low angle, I believe.  The near tree roots are actually starting to arc back in.  It's probably cropped.

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But the corners in the foreground are not bent.

post #6 of 11

Actually, it could just be digitally distorted.  Playing with something now.
 

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It's just angled upwards and taken at a low angle, I believe.  The near tree roots are actually starting to arc back in.  It's probably cropped.


 
post #7 of 11

Just some sort of wide angle lens.

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post #9 of 11

Yup, appears to be a crop from a fisheye. The centre of the image, by my guesswork, is the top of the blue post above the I in DIRT. I would be tempted to argue that the photographer has missed out on one of the basic rules - keep your horizontals horizontal and your verticals vertical. The vertical trees in the background are all about 5 degrees off vertical, which makes the left to right slope seem shallower than it really is.

 

...but hold on a moment...

(I'm going into geek mode here.)

 

It was taken with a Canon. Given the image quality, I'd be tempted to say a compact, not an SLR.

You can get wide angle converter lenses for them, but some of the newer models have a "fisheye effect" mode which uses software to mimic the barrel distortion.

So, probably a Powershot SD4000, SX210 or SD1400.

 

(I think I need to get out more - that's just too geeky!)

post #10 of 11

It doesn't have to be software on the camera, does it?  Would working with it afterwards erase the Canon info from the picture?  I can produce an effect like this using Paint Shop Pro.  Started doing it, then went down to dinner and accidentally closed the program without saving it, but it wasn't a big deal. 

post #11 of 11

It is simply a lot of barrel distortion from the lens, either from a cropped fish-eye  or from one of several Lensbaby-type of devices. 

 

There is software available that can straighten out minor barrel or pincushion distortion (necessary for architectural photography), but what the above picture shows is not "minor" distortion.

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