Sunday, September 25, 2011

Peephole Photos/ Creative Exchange

 Peephole: railroad tracks

I like to play with line and shapes as well as with light and would LOVE to own a fisheye lens.  But I don't. A peephole is a much cheaper alternative and a fun way to see if I would really USE a fisheye lens if I had one. Luckily, I have a husband who likes to play too.

How he made it:
1. We purchased a metal 160° peephole with glass lenses at a hardware store.
2. He drilled a hole  in a wooden disk (he's a wood turner) that he fit inside a step up ring that fits in front of my camera's 18-55mm zoom lens.

Peephole: Gamesbridge lock on Trent-Severn Waterway

The Gamesbridge photo was taken with the zoom lens at 18mm. As you can see I did not hold the camera level. OOPS!

Peephole: Kirkfield lock on Trent-Severn Waterway

The Kirkfield photo was taken with the zoom lens at 55mm. I really like how the straight lines of the metal frames on the liftlock are curved in this photo.

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51 comments:

Andy said...

EG you are genius!
PS: So is your husband.

Sandra said...

very creative. i would like to have several more lens than what i have, good alternative. i think photoshop has fish eye in it, will have to check it out.

stardust said...

Wow, these photos are terrific, a perfect example of creativeness! Your husband is so inventive. Why don't you apply for a patent?

Jack said...

These are marvelously creative, EG. Nice experiments. Now you have something to put in those round picture frames!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I like the effect this gives.It is fun to experiment with photography.

TexWisGirl said...

very creative and crafty!

Small City Scenes said...

Way coo;. EG. Isn't it fun to play around. My G-son made a similar device. Lots of fun and your shot are excellent. Curvaceous. Remarkable. MB

Kate said...

You are definitely a "Wow!" I'm looking forward to more photos like these from you. You have a creative mind as does your husband. You're a terrific team!

Kathy said...

Very interesting. Now I have to figure out what a step up ring is!

Elisa said...

It´s a wonderful perspective:)
Well done!
Greetings from Argentina

Randy said...

Makes me want to travel.

Zosia said...

What a great collaboration and excellent result!

ormbunke said...

Fantastiskt! Du får nog ta patent på det.Ha de gott. Anita

Joyful said...

Very interesting effect. I like it!

Leif Hagen said...

A fun photographic effect and a cool photographer's "toy" to use!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love it. Now I'm insanely jealous.

I've had my eye on a Lomo fisheye camera for some time. Maybe if I drop enough hints I'll get it for Christmas.

Cezar and Léia said...

Ah, some creative innovation, those images are delightful and I particularly like the first one!
God bless you!
Cezar

Eleanor said...

These images are too cool!

Rose said...

Very, very nice!

Farmchick said...

Love these.

billyB said...

Wonderful idea and pictures!

Barb said...

Well that is just amazing! I'm not sure I could put that together! love love the bridge!

Shammickite said...

I've experimented using binoculars held in front of my little point'n'shoot camera's lens.... quite good results. Love your idea of using the peephole!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Very creative fix to take fun photos.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Deanna said...

what an interesting gizmo your husband created...love the effect!!

Malyss said...

I really love the first shot! perspective is wonderful there!

DJ said...

Wow, you and your husband are so creative! I love that first shot and the curves in the last one are really cool. Thanks for the kind comments you left at my blog.

Jimmy said...

You guys! :) Creative and awesome as always. Why do I even feel surprised? :) Good luck on getting a real fisheye lens!

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John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A neat and inexpensive idea. Fisheye lenses give a nice effect but you'll soon get bored with it. As Dylan says "take a tip from one who's tried"!

Roan said...

How cool is this! Love the railroad tracks.

Kim, USA said...

You are very creative. And this one looks very nice than fisheye effect. I have a newer camera and it has a fish eye effect I rarely use it. Great one with this EG. Happy Monday!

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Jacob said...

Both you and hubby are very creative. I'd not have thought of this. They have cheapo "fisheyes" which work fairly well...I bought one for about $85.

But, you know, this did a very good job! I love fisheyes...they're lots of fun. But a good lens is very expensive...

em said...

Wow...way to get creative! I love the results!

Mar said...

Great shots and very creative/inventive!!

hannah said...

That is so uplifting: to make something that is so efficient and successful. It will give you ( and us) great enjoyment.

Craver Vii said...

That sure is a fun idea. I especially like how the tracks turned out.

Seeing Each Day said...

Now that IS creative! Wonderful WONDERFUL peephole captures. I really find it inspiring to come across photography work like yours. Thank you.

Lindy MacDuff said...

What fun! I really like the effects you obtained.

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, I have never seen anything like this. It is just wonderful, and what a clever hubby you have! You have gotten some wonderful photographs with it.

Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Creative Exchange today.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Louis la Vache said...

The peephole Waterway shot is really neat!
;-D

Martha Z said...

What fun! Who needs a fish eye when you've got this?

Talibah said...

These are absolutely wonderful!!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I am awestruck. That is so cool. I love how you did that. It makes the photos so interesting. V

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Clever invention! I love it. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Ingenious device! These photos are spectacular!

Torunn said...

This I liked. You sure is creative. Great pictures on your blog.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great idea... Love the result!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Amazing! But how is it that your image is curved? I'd love to know.

Yay! for your and your hubby's creativity!

Blessings & Aloha!

Tricia said...

how cool & creative... nice work to you both =)

myorii said...

These are amazing! Looks like you guys are having fun with this :)

Roshanda "ShonEjai" Glenn said...

Very Awesome pictures! Well done!

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