Today I decided that it was time to start learning to use my Lensbaby lens, which I purchased almost 18 months ago. It is the Composer Pro with the Sweet 50 Optic. Earlier today I watched several videos, bought one book on Kindle and downloaded a training pdf.
After reviewing the basics and said to myself "how hard could this be", and I went out to the garden during early golden hour to shoot some photos. Man-oh-man did most of them suck. I'd like to think it was because you have to manually focus, but this was not the whole issue. Several images were shot on the tripod, but those taken where I handheld the camera were the worst. I’m only showing you the best of the worst so that someday soon, when I look back, I can say I’ve improved. It would be very easy to say "I don't like it", or "it's too difficult to use" and throw in the towel. By deciding to chronicle my progress I'm now committed. Stay with me here.
If any of you photo bloggers are using a Lensbaby lens I sure could use your tips and best practices. And if anyone out there is interested in learning how to use the thing, stay tuned. I’m determined to figure this out. I’ve seen what this lens can do, so it is just a matter of time and patience to get there.
The sun was very bright which gives this artichoke image a lot of contrast. This was shot on the tripod at f 2.8. Subject matter not great, but at least something was in focus. I decided not to crop these images for now so I know where the actual blur starts.
There is no cropping on this image as well. And I do like how the background blurs. The lens must have been tilted quite low, because the area of focus is not where I expected it to be. I'll try this shot again tomorrow.
Most of my images were over exposed and I had to lighten them up using levels in Photoshop. But again, the area of focus is in the low right corner and not where I planned it. I'm not sure I mind it here. I do like the blur.
I know these aren't winners, but I did learn something today. Stay tuned.