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 …
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The sun wasn’t out this morning when Splat and I headed out on the Old Hills. It was a bit overcast but warm enough for the wild flowers to have opened. So often we take for granted the flowers we pass daily.
I am enjoying playing with the zone plate optic and seem to be getting better results than previously.
Splat and I headed out this morning for our usual morning walk but it was so beautiful I decided to take advantage of it being a Saturday and not having to be back for a meeting. As we wandered around the Old Hills we found ourselves wandering along the footpath to Madresfield.
It was a great opportunity to get some different shots with the Zone Plate optic which was on my camera.
The best part of the day is definitely first thing in the morning before everyone else is up and about. This morning was especially beautiful, it wasn’t too warm and the sun was up. The Old Hills were lovely and the flowers were at their best.
I only met one other dog walker as I wandered around with my mad springer spaniel.
Seeing and smelling the elderflower always feels like summer!
I love the dreamy look created by the Lensbaby Zone Plate optic, definitely adds to the feel of summer.
One of the challenges this week was to take a photo around midday when the sun and contrast are strongest. My challenge for June is to take a photo each day using the Lensbaby Pin Hole/Zone Plate optic.
It’s one of the older optics and when there is good contrast the zone plate optic produces a lovely glow. I had a play taking shots of the flowers in the lawn, before it was cut.
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.
September and October are my favourite months of the year. One of the reasons for this is the spectacular sunrises. Living on the eastern side of the Malvern Hills I get to watch the sunrise over the mist which clings to the Severn Plain. On some days I can watch it rise up, engulfing everything or receding back to the river. As I got up the other morning and looked out, I knew it was going to be beautiful sunrise. I set my camera up and planned to use the different Lensbaby lenses and optics to play and investigate the different effects. As I was trying to do this in between getting ready for work it didn’t work as planned.
Before dawn the horizon was a deep red colour. As I went back and forth between my camera and getting ready the colour lost its intensity and then deepened again as the sun rose. The mist was thick on the ground and it was amazing to watch it move and change. It was like watching the waves on the ocean in very slow motion. As the sun came up the reflection from the top of the mist was fantastic.
The early shots were taken with the Circular fisheye and Burnside 35, the other are either the velvet 56 or 85.
At the weekend I had more time and was lucky enough to witness another great sunrise. The mist wasn’t so dramatic but the colour was special. This time I was playing with the Sweet 80 and the Zone plate/pin hole optic. They create very different effects.
I hope you enjoy the photos and don’t forget to follow the circle. Follow the link to Stephanie DeFranco’s blog about Texas gold.