Finding The Light With Lensbaby

I went out this afternoon with the goal of capturing the beautiful Autumn colors. What I discovered was I was more fascinated by the light than the color. You never know what will inspire you. I like to challenge myself to only 24 shots. Mostly because I could shoot all day, haha, but mainly I do this to force myself to slow down and take better photos. Taking time to enjoy the scene, find a subject and look for the light make these little jaunts so relaxing for me. I think they also make me a better portrait photographer. These images were shot with my Nikon D300s, Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge80 optic, sent to my iPhone via Mobi card and edited with the VSCO app. I like this setup because it’s lightweight and mobile which allows me more freedom than when I am carrying a lot of gear.


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A Lensbaby Night Out In LFK!

Those of you who have visited my blog before know my love of my Lensbaby lenses. I am obsessed with the blur, bokeh and how creatively I can bend the perspective. Last night I took it to work with me and took some night shots with my Nikon D300s. Using the Sweet 50 optic I looked for the street lights and neons and tried to find distinct angles to showcase the night. I want to showcase a different Lensbaby optic each week so watch this space.

Do you have a favorite Lensbaby optic or lens? I love them all but would love to know your favorite.


Along the Kansas River|Trina Baker Photography

Another beautiful January Kansas Day and I ventured to take a walk along the river. Yesterday I received my new Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Sweet 50 optic so I had to go play. This lens has a sweet spot in the middle with a 50mm focal length. These images were edited with Alienskin Exposure 7 using the Kodacolor 1942 preset with light leaks on some images. Until today, I really haven’t had a lot of time to play with Exposure 7. There are so many film emulating presets one could play forever! Love it!


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Douglas County Fair| Trina Baker Photography

I look forward to our little county fair every Summer. It’s very quaint and very Kansas. There are petting zoo’s, stick horse races demolition derbies and rides. Fun for everyone!  I like to go when there is nobody there. It’s nice to walk around and take some photos in what looks like a ghost town of sorts. Nothing is happening but you can feel it brewing. Maybe I was out in the sun too long today, but I love it!

I have taken photos of the fair many times. A lot of times, actually, with different cameras and lenses. Somehow the never look the same. My editing changes, I am seeing differently or the light is different. So I keep going back. I am going to try to go tonight at sundown to shoot when it’s all lit up and sparkly. I love the fair 🙂


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Rose Garden, Gage Park,Topeka|Trina Baker Photography

I had a photo shoot this morning at Gage Park in Topeka. Of course I had to stop by the Reinisch  Rose Garden for some photos. I have attended many weddings there and have some fond memories of this beautiful garden.  It was a truly enjoyable experience to wander around, take some photos and breathe in all the amazing scents. A lovely morning indeed.  I will share the photos from the shoot early next week. Have a lovely weekend!


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Wordless Wednesday|Butterfly Garden|Trina Baker Photography

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Thieves Guild: Dollhouse |Trina Baker Photography

Last Monday I had the opportunity to attend Thieves Guild which takes place the first Monday of the month at Fatso’s Public House.  Organized by a local artist collective, they hire models to come and pose for the artists in various themes. This month’s theme was “Dollhouse”. The great thing about Thieves Guild is that the artists range  from beginners to advanced, sketch artist to photographer’s.

I took my Nikon D800 and my Lensbaby Composer. I thought it would be perfect for a whimsical scene. I really like how dramatic the images turned out, especailly the black and white versions. I am working on some composites using these images and will post those when they are done 🙂


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Wildflowers | Trina Baker Photography

I ventured over to Prairie Park to take some photos of the lovely wildflowers in full bloom. There was a lovely breeze and the smell of Honeysuckle was delightful. A lovely Kansas day 🙂

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Kansas In Spring| Trina Baker Photography Lawrence, Kansas

I took a quick little walk around my neighborhood today and found some lovely Kansas Blooms. Everything is starting to change into lovely shades of Pink, Purple and green. Energized! I shot these with my Lensbaby Composer and the Edge80 optic. The edits were simply a quick white balance check, contrast and some enhancements with MCP Inspire actions. I love how subtle and customisable these actions can be.  Just a quick post today as I am heading out for a meet up with my Kansas City Shoot and Share group this evening.  I hope to share some photos and stories with you tomorrow 🙂


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Dried Roses|Trina Baker Photography

I spotted these dried roses on my work table and was smitten by the colors so of course I had to take some photos. I ran the Simple Cream, GeorgiaPeach and Silk Blend actions from MCP along with some of her Mood Ring overlays that were also included in this set. Love the subtle matte tones these actions can create. I then added some linen textures from 2 Lil’ Owls Studio to gove the images a vintage feel.  It’s always a good day when I have time to play in my studio.  Click on the images to see them in my shop!


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Matte Wetlands| Trina Baker Photography

I haven’t done any personal shooting in a few weeks. Today I ventured out on a chilly Kansas day to take some photos of the wetlands. I wanted to experiment with some matte finish black and white images. Trying to capture the essence of the day, I think these photos work with the matte look I was going for.  The black and white combined with the tilt shift of the Lensbaby is also a neat look. Sometimes it’s good to play, experiment and grow as a photographer.  All of these images are available in my shop. Simply click on the photo and away you go!


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