Spring on the Old Hills

This weekend I decided I wanted to play with my Lensbaby Burnside 35. When you get the right distance between the subject and background you get a glorious twist effect. AS most of my work is close up/macro I rarely achieve this. On Saturday I set out to capture some shots including the twist.  I was pleased with the results below. It works best in the blossom shots.

 

 

On Sunday I stuck with the Burnside 35 but this time I added the 12mm extension tube to see how close I could get. I didn’t get the fantastic swirl but I got some good close ups. What do you think?

 

 

Fisheye Fun on the Old Hills

Having been remined how much fun it is to play with my Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens I took it on the Old Hills at the weekend to see what shots I could get.

 

I went out with the intention of trying to get close ups of Daffodils similar to the tulip shots in my previous post but that didn’t work. Instead I got some great eerie shots in the morning mist and some close ups of the fabulous spring flowers.

 

Between the showers – Lensbaby Blog Circle

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.

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Primroses – Lensbaby Blog Circle

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.

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