The anamorphic Urban

I’ve been planning to do some urban anamorphic photography for quite some time. Even though  I don’t like shooting landscapes, mainly because I suck at it, on 22th of August I had a craving for taking pictures. It was around 7PM and the northern Sun of Vancouver was already low so I hurried outside. I knew where I was going, though I’ve never been there.

I took my beloved 5d mark III and Isco lens and headed to the wonderful place called Crab Park. The place is located between Vancouver seaport and railways. Even though I’ve never been there, I knew that a photo containing a seaport and railways can never be a bad photo.

It took me 20 minutes to arrive there. I went up a curved road and I saw a beautiful side view. It was a perfect timing to take a picture.


Anamorphc lenses provide a panoramic image by doubling the horizontal FOV. Please fullscreen it!

I was shooting against the sunlight. The light falling into the lens created various undesired artifacts and reduced the contrast of the image. So I decided to relocate under the shadow of a tree. Finding the good exposure was a challenge, as the sky was much brighter than the foreground. I deliberately underexposed the image to save the highlights.

When shooting anamorphic it is hard to frame the composition as everything appears squeezed horizontally. In order to bring the image to the normal aspect ratio I brought it in Photoshop and stretched it 200% horizontally. From 5760×3840 image it became 10368×3840 image. Quite a pleasant resolution to work with.

desqueezed  anamorphic frame

Desqueezed anamorphic frame.

If you are interested in finding out more about the anamorphic format check out my previous posts on the topic: the anamorphic format and 4k anamorphic music video.

I moved towards the seaport. It was very busy that day.


Van port. Please see it full scale.

The sun was at its lowest position and  I still haven’t made any pictures of rails and their surroundings. I was looking to get the shot which included the rails, a cityscape and the sun behind it. The street was getting empty and the dusk was falling quickly. Suddenly out of nowhere an old man approached me, he had a long white messy beard, the “Einstein style” haircut and he held a tiny mirrorless camera. He asked me if I had a chance to get the picture of an old locomotive which was somewhere around that area. Without waiting for my response he quickly switched on his camera and showed me a picture of the locomotive, indeed the locomotive was really old, and judging by the lighting of the image the old man took the picture not that much time ago. Before I could say anything he was already heading purposefully somewhere towards the port. Buy…I said to myself.

vanrails2vanrailsAn anamorphic lens can double the vertical field of view if rotate a camera 90 degrees (portrait orientation)


2 thoughts on “The anamorphic Urban

  1. There’s just “something” about that look (the perspective, the distortions, contrast etc.) I find very cinematic and Appealing. Nice work

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