The destructive beauty of skateboarding attracts photographers and filmers at a visceral level every day. But how do you get closer to the action without endangering your precious investment? Tadashi Yamaoda has the answer. His eponymous fisheye protectors are bridging the gap between a lensman’s realistic budget for lenses and acceptable collateral damage: his invention is a scratch-resistant, dome-like filter that fits over most DSLR lenses, with no vignetting and 92% light transmission.
One of the benefits of protecting your lenses with a filter is an enhanced boldness and feeling of freedom. Instead of cradling your investment like a baby, you start to feel looser (no becomes yes more often). The camera is no longer a spectator, it’s fully immersed in the action. Sessions that end with a scratched lens and strained goodbyes between skater and filmer are now a thing of the past.
Tadashi believes that his filter may even be a key element in pioneering creativity in photography. “I want photographers and filmers to rethink their angles, get innovative, and really unlock their fisheyes’ true potential,” he says. Not to mention saving countless skater-filmer relationships in the process.