Shooting Challenge: FisheyeS

Fish are lucky. Because they get to see 180 degrees or so at once. Photographers can do the same using fisheye lenses (or cheating it with a filter). So for this week's Shooting Challenge, we're all going fishing.

The Challenge

Take a photo with a fisheye lens or simulate one with a post-production app/filter.

The Technique

Fisheye is an interesting format because, wide angled lenses are generally judged on how little distortion they add to an image (whether or not they stretch out the corners/edges). The less distortion, the better. Fisheye compresses so much extra view into so little photographic real estate that lens distortion is just a fact of life. And so this distortion is celebrated rather than avoided. It becomes part of the image itself.

Think about that as you use either a dSLR fisheye lens/adapter, an iPhone accessory, or even just an app (if you have a better one, suggest it in the comments). Celebrate the ludicrousness of the fisheye world.

The Technique

Our lead image is by flickr's nurpatch. Look at how that boat distends to the lens, adding a false, but very intriguing dimension to the image.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Send your best photo by Monday, February 17th at 9AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Fisheye" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFisheye.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFisheyeWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.