Fisheyed Look at the Grand National Roadster Show

Slick blue custom in the main hall by Rick Dore Grand National Roadster Show

Well if I could paint like Tom Fritz, I would. If I could draw like my friends Brian and Dwayne, I’d probably do that too.  Since my creativity’s pretty much limited to taking pictures, I’m doing my best to catch up to the great shots taken by Swanee, my main man shooting for Swanee’s yet to lay down his shots from GNRS, so here’s mine, FISHEYE style.

Stromberg 97 powered flathead from Blackie Gejeian's "Blackie" Roadster

A fisheye lens is an ultra wide-angle lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image. A side effect of this super wide shot is the distortion.  I’m shooting with a 10.5mm fisheye lens. Sometimes that distortion looks kinda cool with the swoopy angles of a custom or in tight on the details of an engine like the Stromberg powered flathead in Blackie Gejeian’s “Blackie” Roadster.

Skull on the Grill, Grand National Roadster Show Street Rodder Room

Sometimes, the look is just sinister!  This is the grille from “Camel Toe Racing” 1932 Ford.  The closer you get, the more distortion. I’m just a couple inches off this grill and I probably cropped the shot some. Too bad I have to give the lens back to my boss!

Flamed Custom - not all were suede in the palace! Grand National Roadster Show

Shooting in the Suede Palace at the Grand National Roadster Show, you can either love or hate the florescent lights that line the exhibit hall.  With this lens, the lights seem to stream on forever and have a distinct curve. Don’t worry, it’s not your mind playing tricks on you!

Atomic Punk in the Suede Palace Grand National Roadster Show
The fish suits the wacky hemi powered and bubble topped “Atomic Punk”.

This is just a couple of the goofy, love-it-or-hate-it  fisheye shots I took at the show. Take a look at the picture gallery called:

Grand National Roadster Show – Fisheye

I’m curious. Does the fisheye work for you? Yea? Sometimes? Let me know…


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