The Joy of A Challenge – Lensbaby Blog Circle

My photography challenge for this year is to take a photo every day using my Lensbaby lenses and optics.  During June I only used the Pin Hole/Zone plate optic.  This is one of the older optics which has two settings the Zone plate with an aperture made up of concentric circles which is approximately f/19 and the Pin Hole with an aperture f/177. Both settings require lots of light and the zone plate works best in high contrast situations.

 

This day was particularly dull and it felt like it was going to be a real challenge to get my photo for the day. I had a play taking shots of the flowers growing along the fence and in the bushes. The results surprised me and it reminded me that you never know how things will turn out and its always worth taking the shots …

 

 

For more great Lensbaby shots follow the links to complete the circle. The next post is from Birgit Fostervold

 

Trees – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Welcome back to the Lensbaby Blog Circle. It’s hard to believe its been over a year since we published our last series of posts.

 

Here in the UK we’ve had two lockdown periods, the first last spring and into the summer didn’t feel so bad . I think that was because we had god weather, it was light and bright and it was easy to get outside. The second period from New Year was much harder. it was cold, wet and dark most of the time. Luckily i was well throughout and during the first lockdown I did a lot of running and exploring the local countryside.

 

During this time and when out with my dogs I spotted a number of trees which caught my attention for various reasons, one the main trunk is split and looks dead until I looked up and there are leaves sprouting from the higher branches, there is the stark contrast between the dead tree with not foliage and its neighbour which has lots, the little tree growing underneath the bigger one and others I just like their shape. I’ve captured some of them below.

 

 

I’m sure you’ll agree trees are amazing!

 

To see more amazing Lensbaby photographers follow all the links to complete the circle . Next up is Birgit Fostervold who is On Top of the World

 

Water Everywhere – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

This is the third weekend running the UK has had weather warnings for rain and high winds as storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge sweep by. Much of the local countryside in Worcesershire is sodden and many towns on the banks of the Severn have been flooded. Although not far from the Severn we are safe from the floodwater.

 

As you can imagine I’ve seen lots of photos of flooded areas on social media and they begin to lose their impact. For this month’s blog I’ve stuck with water as a theme, used my Burnside 35 and had a play with black and white.

 

 

To follow the circle see what Birgit Franik has been doing this month.

 

Winter Sun – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

It was the shortest day of the year. The sun was coming out after what seemed like endless rain.

 

It feels like its been raining forever. The Old Hills at Callow End are sodden and the mud just sticks to the dogs so we’ve been going back to Malvern Common to walk them. Its still muddy, not as bad as the Old Hills, and there’s bracken, which when the dogs run through it, the mud drops off. It’s a simple but very effective trick for keeping them clean.

 

I had my Sweet 35 optics with me and my Velvet 56. It was lovely to see the sun shining through the cloud. The softness of the Velvet 56 accentuates the misty mood.

 

 

Wishing everyone all the best for 2020.

 

Follow the links to complete the circle. Up next is Birgit Franik.

 

 

Firework Chrysanthemum – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

When I am the town running errands I like to look at the flowers in the supermarket and florists. Last week I found something I thought was a bit different, a Firework Chrysanthemum. It struck me as being very seasonal and I thought I could have fun with it.

 

The shots below were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 or Sweet 35 (with macro converters).

 

Follow this link to see Janet Broughton’s Halloween Still Life post

 

Splat – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Having missed last month’s post I can’t believe how quickly this has come round.  I wasn’t sure what to post this moth until fate intervened. The shots below show my springer spaniel Splat. We had fun for six years, he got me through some challenging situations and its amazing what you can learn from a dog.

 

I’m surprised I have so many photos as he didn’t like the camera and would move away when I got it out. He loved to play fetch with a tennis ball and to race the German Shepherd, Jack. Some of the shots I’ve used before and there are some new ones and few oldies I found in my archives.

 

 

For more great Lensbaby shots see what Carol Vipperman has been up to this month.

 

Sweet Peas – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Memory can play tricks on you. My neighbour had a great, colourful display of sweet peas which for some reason brought back memories of my grandpa growing them. I don’t know where that one came from as I remember some things about his garden really clearly, the strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, the greenhouse and the hen run.

 

Anyway, I got some shots of George’s sweet peas using my lensbaby velvets. I hope you enjoy them.

 

 

We’ve got some new members in the circle this month so please make sure you follow the links to complete the circle. You see some fantastic shots by some great photographers, next up is Janet Broughton

 

Little Things – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

After yesterday’s record temperatures it was much cooler this morning and slightly overcast. A great morning for a walk on the Old Hills with my dogs and my camera. Today I was playing with my Burnside 35 and my extension tubes. I wanted to focus on the smaller flowers which before I got into photography I would never have noticed. The are so pretty and add colour to the area.

 

I was lucky to catch the cheeky little grasshopper. I couldn’t believe he didn’t take off as I got close.

 

As always if you follow the circle you see more great Lensbaby shots. Next up is Kleine Fotokiste

 

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