Fisheye photographs are taken by using an extremely wide-angle lens to capture very wide images. These pictures are known as hemispherical, since they record half a sphere, and the lens were originally developed take whole-sky pictures for meteorological research. The artistic potential of the fisheye lens was quickly recognized by all kinds of photographers, leading to some truly intriguing images.
This post brings together 20 examples of amazing fisheye photographs from across the spectrum of subjects and styles. From beautiful architecture photographs to wide-angle shots of the cosmos, you’ll find beautiful photographs with detailed descriptions of each.
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1. Fisheye Architecture (Jon Hanson)
Jon Hanson’s stunning architectural shot captures some of the City of London’s most iconic buildings in the heart of the capital’s financial district. The photograph employs the 180-degree fisheye effect to take in the unusual ‘inside out’ design of Lloyd’s building and 30 St Mary Axe, better known as the Gherkin, which has helped redefine the London skyline. Below the Gherkin is a glimpse of the 16th Century tower of the church of St Andrew Undershaft.
2. Aurora Borealis (Philipp Salzgeber)
Austrian astrophotographer Philipp Salzgeber specialises in recording celestial bodies and cosmic phenomena. In this image, he used a one-minute exposure on a Nikon Coolpix 4500 with fisheye converter to capture the Northern Lights of the Aurora Borealis.
3. Glasgow Science Centre Fisheye from Tower (Hugh Mason)
This fisheye photograph was taken from the top of the tower high above Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde. The wrap-around image is fitting since Glasgow Tower, at 127 metres, holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s tallest building where the entire structure can rotate through 360 degrees.
4. National Carillon on Aspen Island (Pascal Vuylsteker)
This photograph of National Carillon on Aspen Island, Australia, reveals the peculiarities of panoramic fisheye images taken in architectural spaces.
5. Fish-Eye View of Atlantis (Unknown)
Taken during a mission in 1995, this fisheye image shows NASA’s Atlantis shuttle in a high orbit above the Earth. The picture was taken by a cosmonaught onboard the Russian Mir Space Station, which at the time was docked with the shuttle.
6. Rievaulx Abbey (Rob Deyes)
In this picture, the sky is seen through the roofless ruins of Rievaulax Abbey in North Yorkshire. During its heyday the Cistercian monastery was one of the wealthiest in England. In 1538, Henry VIII dissolved the abbey and left it to ruin.
7. Umeda Sky Building (Rwwh)
This cool composition shows the twin towers of the landmark Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Japan, which comprises two forty-storey buildings connected at their top. Bridges and escalators criss-cross the open space between the structures.
8. Sunny Friday in Seattle (ArtBrom)
ArtBrom’s beautiful fisheye cityscape takes in the port of Seattle on a gloriously sunny Friday afternoon.
9. Fisheye (Maco@Sky Walker)
Fisheye lens often add a certain dreamlike feel to photographs, such this picture capturing gorgeously red autumnal leaves.
10. Fisheye Madness (Laverrue)
Fisheye photography is generally not very flattering when it comes portraiture, due to the distorting effects on facial features. The resulting images can appear amusing or downright bizarre; this self-portrait is at once both funny and strange.
11. La Tour (Serge Melki)
Serge Melki’s awesome shot emphasises the massive dimensions of the Eiffel Tower’s architecture and the dramatic clouds above.
12. Planet Sunset (Kevin Dooley)
When turned to landscape photography the fisheye lens distorts the curvature of the horizon and the sweeping arc of the sky, as in this beautiful sunset shot by Kevin Dooley.
13. Missing the Light of Day (Rawheadrex)
Planetoids are photographs created by taking a complete 360-degree composite image of everything that can be viewed from a single point in space, and then digitally stitching the images into a fascinating miniature planet. The wrap-around quality of fisheye photographs lends itself ideally to this type of image, as demonstrated with this wonderful snowy world.
14. FishEye WHAT? (Lumkness)
The fisheye lens can’t help but exaggerate an already large nose, whether its owner is human or canine.
15. Southern Theatre (A. Blight)
This impressive auditorium with tiered balconies of seating is the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, built in 1896.
16. Fisheye at the Bank in River (Strollers)
A beautifully grassy summertime portrait.
17. Fisheye Dome (Bruno Girin)
Bruno Girin’s fisheye shot captures a domed ceiling at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The palace, built on the shores of the Bosphorus, was home to the ruling Sultans during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.
18. Me Fish! (Hamed Saber)
Fisheye photography offers some unusual solutions to family and group portraits. Photographer Hamed Saber used seven separate pictures to compose this image. A close inspection reveals a few extra legs and hands amongst the sitters.
19. Mr Ed (Jurvetson)
Another nosey fisheye shot, this time of a horse named Ed.
20. Fish-eye View of Titan’s Surface (Huygens Probe)
Fisheye photography offers fresh perspectives on scenes from our planet, and even helps capture the landscapes of other worlds in the solar system. This image shows the surface of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, taken by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe. Pictures like this have lead scientists to believe that Titan’s atmosphere could maintain life, revealing the magnificent possibilities of fisheye photographs.