Embracing the Bokeh

So as I said in my previous post, I was going to start playing with my lensbaby and adapters on the Z6. Well I have been. At present, my sweet 35 optic eludes me, so I’ve been using my sweet 50. The sweet 50 is a bit broken, in that the f/stops won’t click into place so it’s more of a continuous scale and is a bit loose. That said, it still works! So here are a couple of images, from the past few days. All taken with the Z6, FTZ adapter and Lensbaby Composer.

Back in the saddle again…

So, it’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. I hit a bit of a rut and wasn’t taking many photos. Even now, I’ve not been in my darkroom for ages. But still, I’ve finally started taking more photos and I’ve started another 365 project, which is pushing me a bit. It turns out I was missing the need to take photos every day. It gets the old creative juices flowing!

Skimia Japonica
Primrose Flower
Some berries, sliced with the Edge 35 Optic.
The centre of a gerbera
A slice of autumn, with the Edge 35 Optic.
A glowing rose
The stigma of a hemerocallis, or day lilly.
And finally, a hairy little spider.

Captures of the Day (6/5/19)

Today’s captures, again all taken with Lensbaby Composer and Edge 35 Optic, with a 12mm Extension Tube thrown into the mix in places.

Osteospermum. Was really happy with how the details in the centre came out.
I was really attracted to the contrast between red and green.
Dead hydrangea stems. Really liked the distortion I got with this one.
Little yellow flowers.

Captures of the day (27/4/19)

Lilac flowers

So today is very much a flower day. Now that spring has finally sprung, there’s so much around to photograph. Our dog is slowly learning to wait for me when taking photos, though if he sees a leaf on the wind, there’s no guarantee I will get the shot I’m after!

Azalea Flowers

I’m still shooting with the Edge 35 Optic, and I’m still enjoying it.

A rosemary bush

The dappled light was hitting the rosemary just right.

Azalea Flowers

I was trying to choose between this shot of the Azalea and the one above… then I realised, I don’t have to!

Captures of the day (26/4/19)

A macro photo of some red berries. Lots of green leaves.
Sweep of Berries

All taken on a dog walk today. It’s amazing what you can find to photograph if you just look. Still using the Edge 35 Optic at the moment. Went to change it out yesterday and couldn’t find my Sweet 35, so left the Edge on. Kind of glad I did now, as I like how these turned out.

A false colour image of trees
False Colour Trees

I also like playing with false colours when an image just doesn’t “pop” for me. I found the structure of this shot to be really interesting, but the feel of it was quite dull. While I could have pushed the saturation, I felt it just needed something else, so started with one of the presets in Exposure X4.5 and went from there.

A black and white photo of a tree trunk.
Elephant Leg

I was very tempted to crop out the top of this image, but I think it’s better balanced by keeping it in. Lots of gnarly texture to enjoy.

Lensbabies…

… Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the blur.

A distorted photo of a pier
Totland Pier (2008) – Lensbaby Composer, probably Double Optic with the distortion caused by the Wide Angle Adapter

What are lensbabies ? Essentially they allow you to create certain effects in camera. They come as lenses or as optics for a lense, having a modular approach. I have only explored the optics for the lensbaby composer series, the other lenses being currently outside of my price range. The Lensbaby Website can explain better than I can.

A dog and hand
Our dog looking adorably up – Lensbaby Composer, Sweet 35 Optic

They create distortion and imperfect images, which I fine very appealing. Different optics give different effects, some more subtle than others. You can also use certain lensbaby optics with extension tubes, to create interesting macro effects.

A close up of a daisy flower
A raggedy daisy flower – Lensbaby Composer, Sweet 35 Optic, 12mm + 20mm Extension Tubes

If you can afford the initial purchase, lensbabies can give you a lot of pleasure as a photographer, as long and you’re not in pursuit of the “perfect” image.

Sweeping trees
Trees from a dog walk – Lensbaby Composer, Sweet 35 Optic

Messing around with the Edge 35 Optic

Berberis Darwinii with orange flowers

I’ve had the Lensbaby Edge 35 Optic for about a week now. It’s a bit of a beast, in that I have to really work to learn how to use it. I’m used to slapping a new optic into my Lensbaby Composer and being ready to go with a shallow learning curve. Not so with the Edge 35.

Pinky purple heather flowers

What is interesting is that the optic works very well as a prime lense. When the composer is straight ahead, it’s like shooting with a nice, crisp 35mm lense.

White blossom

It’s a bit difficult to get a good slice with extension tubes, but I intend to keep experimenting!

A feather in orange