I went to the Meeting House in our Community to see how that worked with my new Glass Globe. It is an interesting building with a large expanse of lawn in front of the building. In some ways the Globe reminds me of using a “fisheye” lens, but more interesting. If you shoot wider you get a smaller globe but see the surrounding area you are photographing which can add some interest. Also depends on your f/stop. On my first blog post I was using a 50mm macro lens. For this series I was using a 24-105mm zoom. On the wider range I really had to stretch my arm out far to be able to focus on the globe. On the 105mm range I could focus easier, but pretty much filled the frame with the globe. I was shooting at f/14 most of the time & tried a variety of focal lengths. I did not want my “background” image to be too distinct to take away from the globe image, but still have some detail. The feature image was shot at 88mm.
Fantastic photos Reed!
Thanks! It was fun to try something different! Reminds me of using a fisheye lens, but more fun! Have to try different lenses and techniques. Want to try landscapes next.
What a cool effect–it’s the kind of photo gadget that I find hard to resist. It was fascinating to see how things changed as you adjusted your aperture and focal length–thanks for sharing so many wonderful photos.
Thanks Mike! It was fun to try something different! Plus it makes you think about what you need to do to get certain results. Amazon has a selection of these and for $14.99 it was a bargain! Plus it is a challenge to see what you can produce with it. I am just starting to see what it can do. I have to come up with a natural looking base to position it. I was thinking more of a macro to just focus on the image in the globe. If you get one, you have to be careful in bright sunlight. It can start a fire if left in one spot too long!
Thanks for the tips, Reed. Does it have a brand name on Amazon or should I just search for crystal ball or something like that?
See if you can copy this link. This one is $ 14.99 and seems to work Great,