After playing with the new Lensbaby Soft Focus II optic I was keen to play with the original optic and the macro element from the wide angle teleconverter. It wasn’t as warm and sunny this morning so the flowers weren’t as open as they were yesterday. I had to look much harder to find them.
The soft focus was wide open (so f/2). I was surprised how easy it was to focus when I added the macro element. I am pleased with the results.
On Sunday morning I went on the Old Hills with the dogs and my camera. It was a beautiful, sunny, spring morning.
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At this time of year daisies and dandelions are everywhere, being so common we take them for granted. When I see dandelions I think of when I was a child and I was told picking them caused you to wet the bed. Amazing how things stick.
I usually take photos of the dandelions seed heads rarely the flowers but when I was experimenting with my Edge 35, photographing daisies the blurry yellow of the dandelions in the background made my shots more interesting.
And in black and white they provide great texture as part of the background.
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I love Lensbaby lenses and the effects they create. I’ve built up a collection over the years and my favourite is the Velvet 56. My least favourite is the Edge 80, so when the Edge 50 came out I decided to give it a miss. That was until it was on offer on Amazon and I felt like some retail therapy, so I bought it about two months ago.
I’ve used it a few times when on the common with the dogs. I struggled with the Edge 80 and getting the slice of focus where I wanted it so I thought I take things slowly with the Edge 50.
I started using it simply as a prime lens, with no bending. I take photos of the flowers, tress and other things which catch my eye as I wander round the common. To get close to the flowers and leaves I was using it in macro mode. I also tend to shoot at the widest aperture to blur the background (for the Edge 50 the max aperture is f/3.2).
My three favourite shots are shown below.
The catkin shot below, was the one successful attempt at bending the lens to create a vertical slice of focus.
I love this lens, I love what happens to the out of focus background. It’s now become one of my favourites, although I still have to master bending the lens to get the slice of focus where I want it.
I’ll have to revisit my Edge 80.