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'Round the Deck: 1971

'Round the Deck: 1971

As I write this, we here in sunny California are experiencing our first big rain of the season, so I submit this as a farewell to summer and its Kodachrome-blue skies. My father, enjoying the fruits of his labors: the deck, the arbor, the stairs, the lattice fence, and of course, the garden. Actually, this is late spring, so the area along the fence is not the riot of color it would have been a couple months earlier. The flat appears to be sprouting a new batch of bedding plants, however. On the second step up, the black cylindrical object is the case for the fish-eye attachment I used for this shot. View full size.

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Spiratone Too

Yep, a Spiratone supplementary lens, hence the focus fall-off around the edges. Used to use it with video, too. Ashley: I like that stretch job!


I have an 18mm fisheye for my Exacta---it's still fine; Exacta is getting a bit old though! As am I!

Gadget Goes Californian

The fisheye attachment -- Spiratone? Gawd, the gadget lust Spiratone ads could inspire.

Pop squared

I have a piece of software that can stretch out fisheye images so that they're "normal," and had a go with this one. I've cropped off the edges but it's still very wide.

All Encompassing

The wonders of using s fisheye lens. Great shot. Was it a prime lens or an auxiliary mounted to your prime?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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