March 24, 2009

thaumaturgy \THAW-muh-tuhr-jee\,

The performance of miracles or magic.

Not a bad word of the day today. I think this project is really expanding my vocabulary.

I used this word to do a quick series on some of the 234,108,846,128 churches around Raleigh. I took a trip down the street to Southeastern Camera, where I rented a 15mm fisheye lens for the day.

Truthfully, I was a little disappointed with the lens, probably because of my camera's crop factor. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, all non-full-frame SLRs crop the image to some degree because the small censor can't capture the entire image. On my camera, the multiplier for that crop is 1.6 (so, a 10mm lens actually shoots at 16mm on my camera).

Because of that, the 15mm fisheye didn't have the same amount of distortion it would on a full-frame camera (say, a Canon 5D or 35mm film body). But it did do the job, and I'm still happy to have gotten to shoot with it.

As always, if you've got a good photo to go along with thaumaturgy, send it to me in an email!


  1. I love this blog, Rob! I look forward to it every day, and I think it might just be expanding my vocabulary as well.

  2. I hope tomorrow's word is a synonym for wow. I'll use it to describe your work.