Combined Exposures, Fisheye and Off Kilter for one photo
I had the opportunity to spend time at Walt Disney World last week when I was in Orlando for business. Knowing I would only have limited times to do photography I wanted to try something different so I rented a Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens before leaving. I spent the first evening visiting World Showcase which is one of my favorite things to do at EPCOT. I especially like to watch the band Off Kilter perform in the Canadian pavilion. I have a number of photos of Off Kilter from past trips so I decided to use the fisheye to hopefully capture a different type of shot.
I decided to use the fisheye in order to capture the entire stage along with the area in front which would show some of the crowd. This particular day the sky was that perfect Florida blue sky with big puffy white clouds. The problem was when I took a photo capturing the sky the way I saw it then the entire stage was black. If I took a shot that focused on the stage then the sky was completely washed out. In order to fix this I would have to take two shots and combine them in post processing.
I ended up taking two different shots, one exposing the sky correctly and the other exposing the stage correctly. I then loaded them both into PhotoShop CS5 as two layers in one document. Using a mask I was able to combine the two of them into one correct photo.
Below you can see the two shots I used to create the finished version. These are taken directly from the camera without any processing.
I really enjoyed using the fisheye lens while shooting at Disney World. I initially only planned to use it a small amount of time but I kept wondering what certain shots would look like through it. I probably ended up over doing it at times but I had fun taking shots I have done in the past and recreating them using the fisheye. I don’t plan on purchasing one anytime soon but I definitely enjoyed having it with me last week.