This week we are going to focus on the Lensbaby Composer. This is one of my favorite lenses. It has a unique tilt shift style that lends itself well to landscape images. The Composer’s design is based on a ball and socket configuration that allows you to pick your central point of focus and determine how much blur you want to use. It’s really easy to use and easy to get carried away with the effect so some restraint is required.
I ventured out to Clinton Lake today to take some photos with this lens attached to my Nikon D300s. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on but then I saw these birds on a wire.
I then loved the shine and sparkle coming off the water. It was the perfect situation for the Lensbaby.
And then to finish the day I shot the Marina & the dock. I have really been trying to document the places I go from many perspectives.
Finally I edited these images with some new actions from dbox. He has taken all the loveliness of the Instagram app and made them into Photoshop actions. These actions come with all of the borders as well. They are free to download and I will be using them quite often.
- Lensbaby unveils new Portrait Kit and Ultimate Portrait Kit (slashgear.com)
- Lensbaby Camera Lenses (thesurfboardman.com)
- Five Toy Camera Lenses to ‘Grunge-ify’ Your Photos (wired.com)
I wanted to share a larger version of one of the photos I took at the lake yesterday. I like the tones and the way the trees are reflecting of the water. I find the serenity of this scene with a fisherman on a cold January day calming. You can see more of these images in my collection of black & white photos.
I braved the chilly temps today to head out to Clinton Lake to play with my new Nikon D300s. I am absolutely in love with this camera. Although I loved my D80, you never know what you were missing until you have it. I wanted to emphasize the light today so I edited them mostly in Black & White. There was just enough sunlight to add some splendid drama over the water. If you want to view the images larger just click on the links under the mosaic and it will take you to my flickr page. I will be sending out my January newsletter later today so don’t forget to sign up.
This is another photo from my walk around Clinton Lake last week. One of my favorite things about Autumn is the shapes the foliage takes on as it dries up for winter. What once were vibrant flowers are now dried up shells. I like the hint of color in this photo and the barely visiable images of the lake and hills in the distance. I am going to use this image in the new collages I am starting this week.
This is another image from yesterday’s photo walk to Clinton Lake. I couldn’t believe how many ducks there were in the water. I group of them had gathered by the shore and as I walked over to photograph them they were startled and took off in low flight. What great luck! Be sure to click on the image to see the detail of them splashing along the water.
This will be the last of the Photoshop reworks for awhile. My to-do list has very few items on it so I think I will actually go out and shoot Monday. I am dying! As a person who shoots everyday, this has been a truly long week for me. Anyway, enough about that. I took this about a month ago at Clinton Lake with my new 18-200mm Sigma lens. I love this lens!
I drove over to the lake today, in between catching up on three seasons of “Lost”, to see what I could see. The sky was amazing and not to sunny which made the colors really pop. Today I tried to focus on Depth of Field in my photos by adjusting the aperture. I then altered this photo a bit in PS to enhance the color. Happy Wednesday!