At the start of 2021 I decided it was time to have a go at another 365 project. The aim was to use some of my older Lensbaby optics rather than having them just sat in the cupboard. I decided I’d use a different lens or optic each month. The time has flown by and I can’t believe I’ve now completed seven months. For July I was playing with the Soft Focus optic.
The shots are a random collection based on what catches my attention when I’m out with with my dog and the camera. Hopefully you will find something which appeals to you.
My photography challenge for February was to take a photo every day using the Fisheye optic or Circular Fisheye lens. I was amazed at how close I could get to my subject so they are great for macro photography and the fisheye effect adds another dimension when used to full effect All twenty eight photos are below.
My January challenge was to take a photo every day using one of my Lensbaby Sweet optics. The shots are all below. Previously I have struggled with the Sweet 80 but during January, I seemed to use it the most.
I did cheat one day and use the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens.
Yesterday when I was playing with the Pin hole optic, I switch to the zone plate and take a photo in the same position. Here are the zone plate versions, plus a few extra which didn’t work with the pin hole optic.
I found out by accident that today is World Pin Hole Camera Day. As it was a lovely bright morning I took my Lensbaby Pin Hole/ Zone Plate optic when walking the dogs. It’s an optic I rarely use because the aperture is so small and it needs really bright light, or a tripod.
It was a cold frosty morning today and before scraping the frost from the car, I remembered to take some photos of the fantastic patterns. I used my little Sony RX100 in manual mode and I am really pleased with the results.
I combined the best shots with some light leak pre-sets in Lightroom to create the images below.
Last week I took a few shots with my Lensbaby Sweet 35. I’d put on on my camera to take a shot for my Project 52 and that’s what was still on my camera when we went out. With such a great range of creative lenses I hadn’t used this one for a while. It was one of the first Lensbabies I bought and I love the bokeh and blur it creates. So today I wanted to have a play.
It was a beautiful sunny summer morning on the common. We weren’t out early but as the sun is rising later I still got some great light. When I’m out with the dogs its not possible to take as much time as I sometimes want or need to frame my shots. Not having used this lens for a while I was out of practice so I played with taking some out of focus shots. I like the effect, particularly in the woods where the bokeh was strong.
What do you think?
It’s the time of year when it’s easy to capture great sunrises.
This morning when I was on the common with the dogs the colours as the day was breaking were intense. They weakened considerably by the time the sun was rising.
I am so glad I didn’t miss it.
- Before the sun came up