Wet Wander – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Welcome to the Lensbaby Blog Circle.

 

It was one of those mornings where you just don’t want to go out. I’d lain listening to the rain on the windows for what felt like hours and it was still coming down. Each time I thought about going out with the dog it seemed to get heavier. Eventually I decided it was time to go, it wouldn’t be so bad when I got out there. I collected my camera an other stuff and off we went.  I knew it was madness taking my camera but I had to get a shot for my 365 project and I had  two ideas and I wasn’t going back out later, not in this.

 

By the time I got to the end of the lane the rain has eased off and as we wandered onto the Old Hills I could see hints of a blue sky in the distance. We kept going and it started to brighten up and the sun came out.  Now I was glad I brought my camera, the drenched landscape was stunning in the autumn sunshine.  The raindrops on the trees were glistening like Christmas lights. I’m still playing with the Lensbaby Plastic Optic which added its own magic to the shots.

 

 

The next blog is from Birgit Franik

 

 

August on the Old Hills – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

I take most of my photos when I’m out in the mornings with my dogs. August has been a strange month as most of the mornings have been dull and overcast although it often brightened up later.  There are a few flowers in bloom but many have gone to seed and the fruit is beginning to grow and ripen.  Splat and I have enjoyed several bramble breakfasts in the fresh air.

 

There was a moodiness in the air on the days I took these shots and it wasn’t all down to the Lensbaby Single glass optic.

 

 

I hope you enjoy the photos. For more great shots please follow the links to see what others in the blog circle have been photographing in August. Next up is Jessica Verdiere at Kleine Fotokiste

 

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.

 

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