Colleen sees things. Face? Yes, she saw it in the wood grain on the knob of an old oak chair. I see it too… shared hallucination?… No, it’s there. Look again. She’s ok, as in still all there, sane.

Wide angle distortion. Harry the cat was Harriet until they brought him to the vet. And then his name changed to match gender… Cat tower, too close, you shoot and hope for the best. It was a striking image. Too bad both cats were not looking my way.


It’s supposed to say Colleen Victor in semaphore – signal flags used to communicate at sea. Ok?!

Sometimes I just use the camera LCD screen to get a perspective view to shoot an image. In this case the camera was held high overhead to minimize distortion from the lens being too close. It’s harder to do with iPhone. Your finger has to be on the “shoot” button.

Wide Angle

2371 16 Mysticit’s an interesting shot. There are foreground elements and there’s the tall ship in the background. What’s disconcerting is the wide angle distortion. It looks like the tall ship is falling out of the picture toward the back. Somehow in a vertical picture the distortion seems more noticeable. But the shot does stop you for a second look. Here’s an instance where cropping can’t really save you. I like the colors, probably helped by a polarizing filter. I am still a sucker for that brilliant blue cloudless sky. Hey! I tried to get all the elements into the image. Not bad, but it could’ve been better.


Technical: smartphone

I can’t say that this was iPhone used to shoot Julia. It’s not her best image. You are dealing with wide angle effect with prominent facial and hand features closest to the lens. That would be large nose and fingers. But who can deny the happiness of an ice cream treat. She’s been traveling in Africa this summer and in some pretty tough living conditions. So this moment of joy and pleasure must be taken in context. Sometimes it’s not the technical quality of the image but the emotion it brings when your favorite daughter sends an image saying she’s well and having a great time. It definitely beats getting a post card dated weeks ago, “Having fun, wish you were here.”

Looking Up

Technical: Canon EOS, 1/100 sec, f22, focal length 10

You come to New York City and you look up. Well, most people don’t (look up). Wide angle perspective and NY skyscrapers were meant for each other. It’s a great effect to emphasize the height. It is a quintessential look for New York. Good shot David. One would hardly mistake this view for any other city.


NYC Public Library

Technical: Canon EOS, 1/10 sec, f3.5, focal length 10

People go to the library to read. Nowadays you can get internet access and freedom of speech lets you look at pornography while other patrons pass by. There is fine line between offensive and illegal. On the other hand if you don’t carry a camera with you, this will be a shot you will miss.

Here’s a great way to use wide angle perspective. David shot in mixed light and the color balance is pleasing. The off center composition leads you nicely to the pedestrians. I wonder if you might have experimented with a zoom lens. On a tripod with a zoom lens, you change the focal length as you take a long image. I recall you did this another time. The lines in this image would probably have made a good shot. Otherwise this is one fine shot. I would consider cropping the out of focus marble on the left. It’s distracting.

Mosaic Wall

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/160 sec, f3.5, focal length 10

It’s another wide angle capture for David. Perspective is always a decision made by the photographer. I have been caught as a lazy photographer who didn’t square up because I didn’t have time or I didn’t want to make the effort to square up against the tiles. A straight on look giving the wide angle fish eye effect its due, might have been a more effective image. I like the color. Once again daylight and incandescent is in conflict. It’s really an editorial decision that the photographer makes when deciding on the angle of view for the image. You should at least try different points of view. As I have said to myself, “It’s not a picture.” And then I didn’t pull the trigger.

Grand Central

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/25 sec, f3.5, focal length 10

David shot this image with a wide angle 10mm lens on the Canon 7D. You can see the distortion of the people leaning into the center of the image frame. I like the shot for it’s even exposure. The white balance of daylight and mixed fluorescent and incandescent is a nightmare. The incandescent glow is nice. The shot could have done without people. I think without a crowd the image would be diminished. I might have tried a long exposure to get people moving in focus and blurred by motion. Because this is editorial and not architectural, the wide angle distortion is rather pleasing and acceptable.

Fisheye Lens

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/80 sec, f28, focal length 50

Well the technical data says focal length 50. So I make the guess that fisheye refers to the door peephole. That would give you a fisheye effect. David you should look into the “LensBaby” which is an attachment lens to your camera. Actually it mounts to the Canon body and gives you a super selective focus. I view it as a gimmick lens. But experimenting could produce some fairly interesting images. Check it out online. You also can experiment with other Canon lenses by renting them to try. I have done this and it’s great fun to play with expensive glass that you would otherwise never buy.

9/11 Memorial IV

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/125 sec, f18, focal length 10

This is another fine photo taken by Cousin David. It’s also wide angle. Compared to the other photo, I like the first shot. There was more wide angle perspective and a greater sense of the panorama of the scene. It made the space seem vast. The center fountain occupied more of the foreground. It’s subtle differences that make or break an image. Both are fine, but my gut feeling is in favor of David’s first try.