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The Friday Photos: The Fisheye's View

TimW
By TimW Last edited 55 months ago
The Friday Photos: The Fisheye's View
Canary Wharf in the round, by Londonietis
Canary Wharf in the round, by Londonietis
Embankment Station, by FJC37
Embankment Station, by FJC37
Natural History Museum, by Romany WG
Natural History Museum, by Romany WG
Methodist Hall, by FJC37
Methodist Hall, by FJC37
The perfect fisheye subject..., by James Guppy
The perfect fisheye subject..., by James Guppy
Inside the Foreign Office, by FJC37
Inside the Foreign Office, by FJC37
A squeezed St Paul's, by junket
A squeezed St Paul's, by junket
Inside the British Museum, by FJC37
Inside the British Museum, by FJC37
Mind the gap, by beckslfrt
Mind the gap, by beckslfrt

According to that great compendium of knowledge, Wikipedia, a fisheye is "an ultra wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image."

Used subtly, the fisheye can bring a whole new perspective to familiar sights, as this selection of London landmarks demonstrates. The interiors of our great buildings — the Natural History (our favourite here!) and British museums, the Foreign Office — appear even more grand and cavernous. London underground's concave tunnels, meanwhile, become futuristic and claustrophobic given the fisheye treatment.

Finally, looking upwards brings a new look with this bit of photographical trickery too. The London Eye looks completely different while St Paul's becomes uncomfortably sandwiched between two brick slabs. Lots of fun all round.

With thanks to Londonist Flicker pool contributors: FJC37, James Guppy, Londonietis, becksflrt,  Romany WG and *junket*.    

Last Updated 25 May 2012

Jonathan Wadman

That picture of the Natural History Museum is just stunning.