View Full Version : A1A Fisheye

04-22-2005, 09:37 AM

A1A is the main North/South route along the Eastern Coast of Florida. I had a photo taken with a fisheye lens (taped to easel)
It seems that in my painting I probably didnt exaggerate the distoration enough so get the fisheye look.
The photo has the shadow of palm tree leaves on the road in the middle foreground. Nightmare to paint.

Keep going or paint over this?

04-22-2005, 04:30 PM
I love this concept! One I'd do. :wink2:

I kind of agree with you that you need more distortion--but I can't tell if you can fix what you have rather than starting over. Can you post a bigger pic of the reference photo? It's hard to tell what's going on in the top part and I think that's where you might be able to do something with what you've got.

Jim Updegraff
04-22-2005, 09:33 PM
Spyderbabe, Iíve tried to do this sort of thing with old clockwork panorama camera photos. Tracing the moving perspective point is a nightmare. In the end all I could do was to eyeball the whole thing and keep adjusting until there was an overall right feeling to the thing. I canít help but think of Parmigianinoís self portrait in the Art History Museum in Vienna (http://www.khm.at/system2E.html?/staticE/page240.html), a real exercise in fish eye observation.

As far as the shadows in the foreground are concerned, do you really need them? If they cause complications or confuse the logic of the painting, just leave them out.

04-23-2005, 12:45 AM
Hi Kathleen ...this is a tricky one....I've never painted fish eye and it's hard to tell from your ref photo....the lines in the road in the photo look straight to me.....good luck with this I think it's worth persevering with..... :)
cheers kim

04-23-2005, 04:31 AM
Hey Kathleen. Oh boy, this looks difficult. I dont know anything about fish eye??? Sorry I cant help with that.
But I agree with Kim....it is worth perservering with...
I very much like the colours and shadows in front of the those umbrellas. :wave:

04-23-2005, 07:40 AM
Hi Kathleen, I used to love doing joiners for panoramas. I think the fish eye effect suffers here partly because the subject matter is too far distant, which mean you are seeing a far more normal perspective, except for the road. I'd very much like to see this with Hockney type joiners.


04-23-2005, 07:19 PM
Kathleen, I think Mikey hit the nail on the head. Take a look at the format of your photo vs. the format of your canvas--the photo is much more elongated horizontally that your canvas. You'd either need to chop off some of the bottom of the actual canvas or as Mikey said stretch this over 2 or 3 canvases--or get one custom super horizontal canvas. That said, I think you could get a less distorted version working with what you have, you just wouldn't get that extreme fish-eye look.

04-25-2005, 11:38 AM

This is the photo....

04-26-2005, 11:53 AM
Hi Kathleen, you'll notice that the fisheye effect here is mostly in the road where nothing much is happening. I think that these lenses work best from close-up to far as they have an awesome depth of field and that fantastic angle of view. If you had moved in closer you would have lost a lot of that road and still got all of that row of shops along with the cafe.


04-26-2005, 04:17 PM
I noticed that in my painting I changed the perspective so I'm looking down at the shops... :wink2: SO - will paint over this and try again. Watch this space!

04-26-2005, 04:29 PM
It's really tricky with extreme wide angle views isn't it. Close-up like this and it's at your feet.


05-27-2005, 02:02 PM

well I have more color going on but???

05-28-2005, 09:27 AM
Hi Kathleen...I like the composition of this one...and the colours are great...the blue in theroad looks a bit like river to me...I like the tropical feel to it...
cheers kim

05-30-2005, 10:37 PM


05-31-2005, 04:04 AM
Kathleen, It's looking great. A great improvement. Love the colours everywhere. And those unmbrellas and Palms in the foreground are super! I agree with Kim, it is very tropical. Makes me want to go on vacation :)

05-31-2005, 07:46 AM
Hi Kathleen...I like the look of the road......the colour and brightness of the street is more of a focal point...balanced by the palms in the foreground...
cheers kim

Anita Murphy
05-31-2005, 10:06 AM
Kathleen - I really like this. So diffferent!
Lovely lovely job - well done!