It is perfectly understandable why Fisheye lens is not the first choice of many photographers, or does not even make it into the list of considerations of lens additions for the majority of photographers out there. It was not very appealing to me either. The fact that the lens characteristics exhibit massive amount of perspective and barrel distortion was not something that would encourage a frequent, regular use on any photography genre at all. The distinctive outcome of a fisheye image is basically a love it or hate it affair. Sadly, people are so used to seeing things in straight lines that when you bend the lines a little, they will turn into lions and chew your head right off.
Fisheye is all about bending the lines. It is about breaking the rules of technical perfection. It is about exploring other possibilities, and trying to be different, presenting something rather unusual than the ordinary looking photographs.
In this world, lines are straight. But in the world of photography, the possibilities are endless. We, as photographers, should define the possibilities, and we are free to break away from any restrictions that are holding us down. Photography is about freedom of expression, and I choose to express myself differently. Standing out from the crowd comes with a high price: to be seen as a unique individual with new and fresh ideas, or to be ridiculed, rejected and trashed aside simply because you fail to fit in. The debate goes on, in photography, are we shooting to please others and gain recognition, or are we picking up the camera to enjoy photography at its truest essence?
A reflection of an old building.