Some quick photos shot with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 using the macro function. This lens is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Although it is a little tough to focus, especially at f1.8, it creates such dreamy photos that it’s worth it to me to spend some time getting the perfect focus. I edited these images with AlienSkin Exposure 7 using the Fuji 100 film preset. I like how the images have a vintage film look.
I got an early birthday present yesterday! A lovely new Lensbaby Velvet 56. It is such an elegant lens. The build quality is solid and the focus ring is so smooth. I just couldn’t wait to shoot with it! Today, after lunch with friends, I ventured out around downtown Lawrence to try it out. I found so many flowers, my fave, and just had a blast shooting with this lens on my D800. I shot on my Mobi EyeFi card so I could transfer the images to my iPad to edit with VSCOcam. Love the result. I can’t wait to shoot some portraits next week with my senior model.
I shot this photo of an Orange Lily with my macro lens. I like the subtle texture and the contrast of the green with the orange. I have taken more macro shots which you can see in my flickr stream and in my etsy shop. We are having a wicked heat wave here in sunny Kansas so I won’t be outside shooting photos. I might have to shoot indoors for a few days.
I wanted to experiment with the 10x macro lens on the Lensbaby today. I love how close you can get and how it takes a normal flower and elevates it to a new level. I only adjusted the levels in this image, which is rare for me. I felt it didn’t need much processing. I now know what Georgia O’Keeffe was seeking. Delicate beauty.
- Did anyone encourage Georgia O’Keeffe (wiki.answers.com)
- What were the occupations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s parents (wiki.answers.com)
- Pastel Colored Dreams (transplantedx3.wordpress.com)
I was surfing the net last night and came across and article on how to make a Reverse Macro lens with a 50mm lens. I could have bought a reversal ring for around $10 but where is the fun in that? I decided I would try it. After all I had some spare parts lying around and I am nothing but frugal. The making of the ring was the easy part. Figuring out how to get the best light for the shot was a bit more challenging. I still have some experimenting to do, however, after about 45 bad shots I started to get some really interesting images. If you are interested in this project, I made a tutorial on my exploits. As always you can view more images on my Flickr page. Also, the awesome developers at WordPress have implemented a ‘Like’ button at the bottom of this post. If you don’t want to comment just click a quick like instead 🙂
- How to Make a DIY Macro iPhone Lens [Macro] (gizmodo.com)
- Make a DIY Ring Light for Better Macro Shots [DIY] (lifehacker.com)
- 100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals (photo.tutsplus.com)
Peonies are my favorite flower and pink peonies are to die for! I currently don’t have any in my yard, but hope to someday. In the meantime, I crept into my neighbors yard to take photos of her peonies which are about to bloom. I liked the shot straight out of the camera, however, it seemed to be missing something. In my opinion, peonies look best as watercolors. So I decided to add a slight watercolor filter to this photo. It is ever so subtle but I think it makes all the difference.
Since my 50mm lens will be here Wednesday I decided to post ‘7 Days of Mcaro. I figure I will take about a billion photos when it arrives and want to post them all so I am getting started early. This photo was taken with the Lensbaby which is one of my favorite lenses to shoot with. I really like the challenge to find the sweet spot in the focusing and the out of focus quality you get from bending the bellows. Enjoy the macros!
I took this yesterday playing around with the in camera settings on my sony. The setting allows you to pick a point in the photo and it leaves only the color around the radius making the rest of the photo black and white. I am not sure how often this might come in handy, however, I think it works in this photo. Hope everyone enjoyed the stormy day 🙂