Photographing a Rat Rod Wide-Angle

From the Best of Mark Toal

I was asked to photograph this Rat Rod as part of a series that I’m doing on Rat Rod’s and their builders. I was shooting the outside of the car with a Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph lens. And wanted to get a shot of the interior with the beautiful metal seats.

When I opened the door and say the luggage handle and window crank I knew it all had to be included. I got out the Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye lens ($249) and sat down in the grass and made this photo.

When used with a Micro Four-thirds camera, the Rokinon gives you a 180 degree view with exaggerated perspective. Using hybrid aspherical elements and a multi-layer coating, you’ll be able to get sharp  images with a minimum of flare and ghosting. This compact and lightweight manual focus 7.5mm lens focuses as close as 4-inches from the lens for even more dramatic effects. This lens has a built-in lens hood.