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.


Autumn Lawrence, Kansas red leaves Lensbaby Red autumn leaves in Lawrence field by Trina Baker Photography Lensbaby bokeh autumn nature in Kansas

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.


Butterfly Cage | Trina Baker Photography

I went to Michael’s today to buy a few props for a photo shoot tomorrow and saw this cool bird cage that was 60% off.  Those of you who know me know I can’t resist a good bargain.  So I wondered around with the bird cage looking for something to add to it for a quick afternoo shoot.  Then I found these lovely, whimsical butterflies and knew they were perfect.  On my drive home I noticed that the clouds were especially fluffy today and I thought they would make a nice sky for my bird cage.  Sometimes it only takes one thing to spark an interesting idea.  Have a lovely weekend and find your spark!



Butterfly Cage Trina Baker Photography

Butterflies Trina Baker Lawrence Kansas Photographer

Clouds Birds Gallery32 Photography etsy

Butterfly Clouds Gallery32 Photography etsy

The Country Farm

I had a portrait shoot at this delightful country farm. There were so many things to photograph and it was a perfect Autumn overcast day.  I was taken by the colors, light and rural objects that were all around. I edited these images in RadLab and added textures from 2 Lil’ Owls Studio. I wanted these images to be dark, dramatic and artistic so the photos reflected the mood of the day. It was an fun afternoon of shooting.


Lensbaby Double Exposure

Today I thought I would go out and attempt to take some in camera double exposure shots. My Nikon D300s has a setting that allows you to easily take multiple exposure shots. You can take from 2 exposures up to 10. Armed with my Lensbaby, I went out to take some images. I wasn’t sure how these would turn out since the camera doesn’t meter with the Lensbaby. I used the Double Glass Optic with the heart aperture disc. The effect is nice, but maybe a bit too much.  I finished the shoot with just the f2.8 aperture disc and like it much better.  The images turned out great and I think that I will try again with different subjects soon.


The County Fair

Our yearly county fair is this week and I went over to take some photos. I used my Lensbaby with the Edge 80 optic which, combined with processing in RadLab, gives these images a dreamy feeling.  I have taken many photos of the fair with my Polaroid, iPhone and TTV cameras yet I think these are by far my favorite.  Well, at least until I get a new lens 😉  I hope that you have a great weekend!


A Week in the Outer Banks

I am back from my wonderful week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our rental house was on Nags Head Beach right next to the water. The temperature was near 100 degrees when we arrived, however, storms rolled through and it cooled off to around 85. It was quite a relief.  I always feel calm when I am at the beach. The waves, sky and nature are so soothing. There were so many unique things to take photos of I was like a kid in a candy store. What an amazing, awe inspiring place. So here are the first of many post full of photos of this lovely place.



Summer Pink Daisies Brighten Any Room

I loved these Summer pink daisies so much I had to bring them home and throw them in a Mason Jar to brighten up my kitchen. Of course I had to take some photos of them using my new Sweet 35 optic for my Lensbaby. I wanted the pink to really pop so I used a little color pop action from Florabella to enhance the color. I then added a bit of texture to give it a vintage feel.  Imagine having these images to brighten up any room in your house all year long.  How would you hang them? In a vertical row? Horizontal Row? Diagonal Row? The possibilities are amazing.


Bright Flowers

Just a quick peek of some flowers in my kitchen. Taken and edited with my iPhone and the 100 cameras in 1 app. Love how bright these turned out.