One of the best ways to spend a fun Sunday afternoon is by taking your fisheye lens out for a spin. What’s even more fun is not having to lug around a bulky fisheye lens in your backpack. This was exactly the case when I took my Samsung NX mini to Sevilla for the weekend, since the NX mini includes a Fish Eye Filter as one of its many Smart Filter settings.
The Fish Eye Smart Filter distorts close objects to imitate the visual effect of a fisheye lens and eliminates the need for a special lens. Both quirky and playful, taking snapshots using the fisheye feature brought me back to the days of polaroids and developing black and white film, with the results always offering a bit of a surprise.
How to Select the Fish Eye Filter : In Shooting mode press MENU → Select the camera icon → Smart Filter → Fish Eye.
By experimenting with your fisheye lens, every photo becomes a bit more interesting and you find yourself scoping out curves and shapes that enhance the fisheye effect. While strolling around Sevilla I was lucky enough to come across Las Setas–the perfect place to shoot with a fisheye. Literally meaning “The Mushrooms,” Las Setas is the largest free-standing wooden structure in the world. Not only is it’s size impressive, but the abstract construction reminded me of Gaudi’s Casa Milla in Barcelona–otherworldly. Tucked in a square surrounded by traditional Spanish architecture and narrow cobblestone streets, its modern aesthetic is truly impressive.
So if you’re feeling like adding an offbeat flare to your photos, spend a day gazing through a fisheye and try your hand at transforming your surroundings.