Cuban Street Life
They say a wide angle lens is like a drug; the more you have, the more you want! You can get very creative and have a lot of fun with wide angle lenses but the fish eye is the most certainly the ultimate "drug".
I bought a 8mm fish eye lens before setting off on a trip to Cuba last Christmas. I wanted to capture the essence of Old Havana and other Cuban cities in a street photography style. Typically with street photography, the more discrete you are, the more interesting the photographs. With my camera just slung over my shoulder, sitting inconspicuously on my hip, and my thumb at the ready on the shutter button, I watched for interesting scenes as I walked through the streets and snapped quietly as I passed.
I didn't have to worry about framing or composition as the fish-eye lens takes in so much - I just roughly pointed the camera in the right direction and shot a few frames. It worked a treat! No one ever noticed and life went on as normal.
The other great thing is that the focal length of the lens being so ridiculously wide, it offers us so much more of the surroundings in every scene. OK, so you get a lot of distortion around the edges but for me, that makes the images even more interesting!
See the full set of Cuban Street Life images from my Projects section.
All photos were taken with a Nikon D610 with a manual Samyang 8mm fish eye lens.