While January seemed to last forever, February seems to have come to an end ever so quickly and it ‘s Lensbaby blog circle time again.
Snowdrops are the first sign that spring is on its way and they are so pretty dancing in the sunshine, sometimes covered in dew. During the last few weeks I’ve found little bunches tucked away behind hedges, under trees and some out in the open. I thought it was worth bringing together the best shots to share. I hope you enjoy them.
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After the celebrations at Christmas and New Year, January is always a long, dull month. I was in town paying the bills and looking to treat myself to some cut flowers when I spotted the orchid. It was the same price as a bunch of flowers and even with my record of looking after plants, if it lasted two weeks, I’d get my money’s worth. So I gave in and bought it. It really brightens up the room.
I had fun afternoon playing with my different Lensbaby lenses and optics taking photos at different distances and angles. The two full size shots above, were taken with the Edge 50 and the close ups below, were the Velvets or the Soft Focus optic. My favourites are the ones taken with the soft focus optic, the light is softer. I haven’t used this optic for a while so it was great to get some shots I really like. It reminded how I forget about the older optics, which still have a place in my kit. I hope you enjoy the results.
To complete the blog circle and see more great Lensbaby shots follow the links starting with Melita’s post
It was a beautiful, hot, sunny morning on the Common. I took my Twist 60 and macro filters to play with. The harebells were looking amazing.
We had a few glorious sunny days last week and suddenly the colour has appeared in the gardens, parks, commons and countryside, but this week it’s been back to April showers.
Having treated myself to a Lensbaby Burnside 35 I was desperate for some good light to play with. I love the shots I’ve seen taken by others using this lens and I was keen to see how it performed with my macro filters.
It’s amazing what you can find to photograph without going far from home. I put the Burnside 35 on my camera, added my x10 macro filter and had a wander round the garden. It’s a reasonable sized garden but I’m not a keen gardener so there aren’t many plants. Despite my best efforts there area small bunch of primroses which persist and some viola which appear in a different place or tub each year.
I’ve no idea how long I was up in the garden but I got totally immersed in taking the close up shots and was amazed to find I’d almost filled a memory card. I was shooting wide open and this combined with the macro filter created a very shallow depth of field. The background effect in these shots interests me almost as much as the subject.
The best shots from the evening are shown below, I hope you enjoy them.
This is the first time I’ve been pleased with close up Primrose shots.
Please follow the circle to see the next blog and more great Lensbaby shots by Melita Kyle
This morning I thought I’d go looking for violets with my Lensbaby Velvet 56. It was another dull damp morning and many of the little violets I found were looking rather rough after yesterday’s rain. I was inspired by using my x10 macro filter on the Burnside 35 so put it on my Velvet 56 today.
It was dull and wet on the common today, not the best day for a walk with my camera. On the plus side, the light added depth to the colour of the bluebells.
Welcome to the third post in our Lensbaby Circle Blog.
Primroses are a flower I’ve always struggled to get good photos of so I thought I’d have a play using different Lensbaby optics and lenses. Their delicate colour is difficult to capture and when I try post processing the results the colour doesn’t seem to look real. I got my tripod out along with my macro converters and lenses enabling me to get really close. The colours are straight out of the camera. Despite taking notes I still managed to mix up which lenses and optics I used. I need to get more organised.
I am pleased with the results below, I hope you enjoy them.
I did have the Sweet 80, Plastic optic, Single glass optic, Soft focus optic, Edge 80, Twist 60 and Sweet 35 out.
For more great Lensbaby Images follow the link to Stephanie’s blog and the others til you’ve completed the circle.