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© Ute Reckhorn

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Discover new dimensions and get closer to the moment

  • 3 min read

Adventurous. Frenzied. Unrestrained.

GoPro® cameras display human events in their rawest form. The speed of a zip line. The intensity of an ocean wave. The action’s all there, caught in a still or video story that expresses an alternative view.

“The art of video is what gets me out of bed every day,” says Anthony Sims, a skateboarding videographer. “I just want to spread that spirit, that surprising look at the world.”

Keeping you close the moment is the key to bringing out authenticity and excitement. But sometimes the GoPro fixed lens can be limiting, with the lack of wide-angle perspectives and the potential need for additional cameras. Enter the recently launchedLensbaby Circular 180+ lens for GoPro, expanding the essence of any adventure.

To stoke the wild side, the Lensbaby Circular 180+ delivers immersive experiences beyond what the eye can see. Three videographers—Sims, along with Michael McQueen and Andrew Kornylak—found funky ways to get more creative with GoPro. And they discovered how Lensbaby sets them side-by-side the true emotion in their images, breathing new life into their escapades.

The soul of a GoPro is a unique look. A fresh point of view.

Whether you're paddling a river, rail-sliding on a skateboard, or biking down a mountain, if you can show your audience something they’ve never imagined, you’re helping them travel to a completely new world.

“The more dimensions to an adventure that I can see, the better,” Andrew Kornylak says. “The sound. The flow. The moments in between moments. It’s what really brings home the story.”

With the Lensbaby Circular 180+ lens for GoPro, videographers can add even more layers to their shots, linking together one atmospheric image. Kornylak created enchanting kayak-paddling content using Lensbaby with GoPro, crafting videos that overwhelm the senses with shapes and angles that surprise. Underwater, out of water, and everywhere in between.

Go close, and watch the intensity of the instant resonate like never before.

Lensbaby brings an entirely new perspective to shooting with GoPro. That’s what first attracted Anthony Sims to the lenses. He knows how hard it can be to stay close to your subject while still capturing an extensive landscape. But with Lensbaby, he was able to keep connected and still reveal the wonder around them.

“Getting even closer to the action gives me the perfect opportunity to catch everything happening in the moment,” Sims says.

Simply press a button and go.

That’s the excitement of GoPro. And that’s why Lensbaby fits ideally into the run-and-gun, in-the-moment shooting style that drives action videography.

“The Circular 180+ is so accessible, and the field of view is so immersive,” McQueen says. “That makes all the difference for getting the shot I have in my mind onto the GoPro.”

It’s all about matching what you imagine to what you can create. In each project, implementing new ways of expressing the spirit of the shot.

When Sims films the kicks and the twists of a skate park, he’s looking to maximize the experience and minimize the effort the viewer has to put in to glimpse the full, true moment.

“I’m all about rekindling the link between skateboarding and fine art,” Sims says. “With the different views I get from Lensbaby, I can establish an unparalleled look that helps connect the two.”

Rugged, waterproof, and built on the mystery of mood, both GoPro and Lensbaby help you go anywhere and deliver thrilling images that mesmerize.

“Don’t stop with just a GoPro,” Sims says. “Take it further. Lensbaby helps me see the wide world of possibilities with these cameras. It’s that much more fun.”

Tips from the videographers:

What worked:

“Even when the lens is only a few inches away, it’s easy to get a full view of the experience—up, down, left, right, everywhere.” —Anthony Sims

What didn’t:

“It can take some time to envision the field of view you want to record. But once you’ve got that, these lenses are surprisingly easy to use.” —Michael McQueen

What I learned:

“Try everything you can. Sometimes you find that it wasn’t the equipment, it was you. So go out and experiment.” —Andrew Kornylak