October 10, 2011

500 Boylston

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I found myself in Boston yesterday, wandering around with my fisheye lens on the camera. I only had a 40 minute window to shoot, so I purposely chose the one lens and left my tripod in the car. I was in the Copley Square area so by default, I wandered over to Trinity Church and the Hancock Tower looking for different angles, but walked away underwhelmed. Time was running short, so I made my way back to the car.

Then I noticed 500 Boylston Street. I stopped, went into the courtyard entry way and looked up. With it’s symmetrical wings enveloping the courtyard, the building appeared to be designed for a fisheye lens.

I shot 5 handheld brackets and ran three of them through Photomatix in exposure blending mode. I dropped the darkest and lightest brackets. Photomatix did a great job of converging the slight shifts that resulted from handholding the camera while looking straight up.

The black and white conversion was done in Nik SilverEfex Pro.

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  1. Superb! I took a bunch of wide angle shots there when I visited Boston (pre-fisheye) but none of them turned out to be good enough to use. This, on the other hand, is most definitely good enough to use.

  2. Excellent!! You’re just shooting all these drool-worth fish shots because I had been trying to sell mine, aren’t you?