One of the fellows, a film student, is also an avid and talented photographer. I admit I was a little envious looking at the camera he had. But what really caught my attention was the lens he was using, an extra-wide device that I'd had little knowledge of prior to this. It was, he told me, a fisheye lens.
The effect was as fascinating as the lens. The visual distortion gave the photos he took a convex appearance, rather than a straight or flat image. It was an 'I must have one' moment for me.
Sadly after a little research, I realized that as a non-professional the price might make this just a bit of an indulgence. Not out of reach, but one does have to prioritize I suppose. For now.
Be assured, I do continue to dream and scheme. This also involves a little research into ways to use a fisheye lens when, and I do mean when, I finally decide the creative fun of owning one would far outweigh the cost.
Here are just some of the cool tips I found:
DPS Five Ways to Get Creative With a Fisheye Lens
How to Use a Fisheye Lens
P/B A Fisheye Lens for Landscape Photography
Improve Photography Getting Creative