I found these three Purple Spring Iris blooming in my backyard today. I decided to clip them and bring them inside to take photos. I used my Lensbaby Composer with the Double Glass Optic. It has been a couple of months since I have used this optic and I had forgotten how much I like the effect. The focus is more circular than the the slice of focus you get with the Edge 80 which gives the images a super sharp sweet spot. I edited these with the Classic Color action from Florabella combined with the Vintage Wash and Sweet Tea enhancers. I love how clean the edit is even though it has a slight vintage feel. My new Nikon F100 film camera was delivered this week and I am excited to shoot some film images with the Lensbaby.
- All That Blooms (whatevertheyaint.wordpress.com)
- White Spring Blooms (gallery32.wordpress.com)
- The Lilacs are Blooming (therousedbear.wordpress.com)
My lovely friend Megan asked me to pick some black & white images for her living room. I wasn’t really taken by any of the images I have taken in the past. Armed with my Lensbaby, I decided to go on a little nature walk to find some interesting images for her. I was really searching for light, reflections and contrast to make the best black and white images. Black and White also really enhances the look of the Lensbaby by allowing you to notice the subtle details.
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.
I received my Lensbaby Composer in the mail today. Excited to use it, I snapped some quick photos of the drying roses in my kitchen. It took me a few shots to figure out the settings but I am happy with the results. The forecast calls for Sunny and 63 degrees tomorrow so I will be out shooting! On another note, I am having a 50% off sale in the shop starting at Midnight tonight through Midnight Sunday. If you have been wanting any photo(s) in my shop now is the time to buy.
- Lensbaby (jessidavis.com)
- Lensbaby Composer & Scout (pcreviewonline.com)
- Lensbaby Accessories (ayusadha.wordpress.com)
Another photo from my walk last week. I love these striking, dramatic yellows and the lovely bokeh, of course. I have ordered a Composer Lensbaby lens for my camera. I am super excited for it to arrive. I have a Muse Lensbaby, however, I wanted this new lens that offers a bit more control over the “sweet spot” in the image. My hope is that with more control I can start using it in my portrait photography to add a different perspective and look. I can’t wait to share some images with you.
Today I dusted off my tripod and experimented with my Digital Pinhole Body Cap which is another gem from Photojojo. I wanted this gadget because I like the subtle look and feel of a pinhole image. There are many ways to build a pinhole camera and I have made a few film cameras myself. However, I like the idea of a digital pinhole for the immediate effect. The concept is relatively simple. You take you pinhole body cap, fit it on your DSLR and set it to manual. A very long shutter speed is required for indoor shots so you will need a tripod or some way to steady your camera. I used a shutter speed of 30 seconds to capture this image. The outdoor shot I took was around a 6 second exposure. After that you just press the shutter and wait. I decided to shoot these in Black & White because I think it suits the medium better. I will be taking more of these this week!
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