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Images in Hackney / Fish-eye Vision

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Those are the photos, which I’ve clicked the camera on the street of Hackney.  

As the default of the optical design, the image was heavily distorted.  

Which people dubbed as fish-eye lens effect.   

Some people hate this effect saying too unnatural —- ?  is it ?

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Everybody knows perspective.    If you see a thing in distance, it looks smaller.

Assuming, you are standing on front of a huge building, 50m tall and 100m wide.  

You are standing from the central door abut 25m or so distance, facing the

building straight.  = From this stance, you can just see whole building in one picture.  

The building spread side to side about 120~140 degree in angle on your view.  

The center of building looks so high on front of you. —– yet far away,  you can see

the end of building = it looks not as high as in the center, because of perspective.

While you are standing and able to see whole building in one picture —– Don’t

you think something wrong ?  = Despite the building was built with straight lines

both end of the same building looks smaller in the same time.  = ONLY a conclusion

is “You are not able to see straight line as a straight line = it’s bent down in both end”

In fact, as the eyes are ball-shaped,  we never see straight line in our optical image,

except the one run straight in the center.   All the straight lines are in the imagination,  

or “Re-construction”  in our visual cortex in the brain.

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So, I would say,  this is our natural vision. = only the center of our eyes shows  

straight line, and the both end of image, lines are converging = above,  down ward,

below, up ward = you see  —– or ARE you still clinging your illusion ?    

Ha ha ha.     I’m kidding.  😀

(In real life,  if you see a straight line looked carved,  you got to see a doctor.  

Despite  we definitely having blind-spot in each eyes,  no body see any blank in

our vision,  our brain re-configuring the visual signal perfect (well, more or less)

we see the straight building straight — in fact,  what is “to see it as it is in open eyes”

a good question.   😀 )

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  1. elenacaravela said, on June 20, 2013 at 00:36

    I really enjoy the effect Yoshi!

  2. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on June 20, 2013 at 18:11

    I always find the effect, as you use it in your images, is very interesting. It encourages us to stop and think more about what we’re seeing. (By the way, I regularly have very noticeable blind spots in my vision that affect my ability to see–dark shades that come into my peripheral vision, and what I call “fireworks”… blue and white streaks and sparks in my visual field, which my neurologist refers to as a “persistent aura.” So while we don’t usually notice our blindspots, there are some blindspots that do interfere with vision.)

    • yoshizen said, on June 20, 2013 at 18:43

      Sorry to hear that, yet still you could manage to produce superb photos. I don’t want compete how bad, sort,
      but I got double vision, which two images jamming each other and loss of 3D and depth measuring.
      —- still, we see the view finder with one eye, and leaving focus to the camera, I’ve been pretending
      that I can do photography. 😉 Time to time, I see Fireworks but no color, it start from the center and
      gradually increase the size and spread whole area. — I haven’t figured out when it occur = is it when
      I tired or any rack of vitamin etc ? ? ? Anyhow, with ageing, nothing keeps up like as before.

      • Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on June 21, 2013 at 00:38

        Double vision would be really tough to deal with; I think it would make me feel “carsick” and terribly nauseated. Do you have it all the time? I also have loss of 3D and depth perception and rely on my auto-focus. The fireworks you mention and that it spreads out over the center of your eye sounds like “scintillating scotoma.” Look it up to see if the formations are similar to what you see. I experience that, and so do my brother and father. It is apparently genetic. I often experience the fireworks/aura/shades before and during migraines.

        • yoshizen said, on June 21, 2013 at 05:18

          Worst part of my double vision is that left image was rotated 15 degrees and shifted,
          hence there are two horizons and the body loose the balance. Doctor tried all sort of
          lenses include prism though, non could work. (better see one eye closed 🙂 )

  3. drawandshoot said, on June 25, 2013 at 20:04

    I find your fish-eye work really fun and interesting, Yoshi. You make images that are your own artistic vision and they are unlike what most people make.

    • yoshizen said, on June 25, 2013 at 20:24

      Thank you very much Karen.
      At least, I’ve been using them more than half of my life, constantly. 🙂
      So that, quite few clients told me “I know you are fond of fish-eye though,
      please don’t use it in this assignment” —– Shame. 😀


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