On your bike

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills Gear Essentials -

1 Find un­usual an­gles

Find an un­usual angle to make the most of the fish­eye ef­fect. For our shot, James lay down on the ground and com­posed it so that the path and rails are at the edges of the frame, where the cur­va­ture is most ex­treme.

2 Get in close

It’s best to use a fish­eye lens re­ally close to your sub­ject. The min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance on our Nikon 10.5mm is just 3cm, so we had to wait un­til the bike wheel passed a few inches from the lens be­fore fir­ing the shut­ter.

3 Light with flash

A flash set to Man­ual at ¼ power and fired by a wire­less trig­ger lights the sub­ject from the side. You can see the burst in the top-left cor­ner of the im­age – a happy ac­ci­dent that shows the ex­treme angle of view.

4 Ex­po­sure info

When us­ing off-cam­era flash, it’s usu­ally best to put your Nikon in Man­ual mode. We set 1/250 sec, ISO400. As the ap­par­ent depth of field with fisheyes is huge, even an aper­ture of f/5.6 gives near front-to-back sharp­ness.

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