Lensbaby Chronicles ~ Day 1

by Heidi Egerman May. 18, 2018 413 views

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.

Artichoke leaves

Artichoke leaves

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.

Iris bud

Iris bud

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.

Wild grasses

Wild grasses

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.

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Laurie Madsen 1 year, 8 months ago

I have one too, my first try I got a couple of photos (most blurry-but some still kind of neat). It's super interesting!

I just posted an owl photo taken with my lensbaby composer. It's in my photoblog365 category
It was my submission for circles.
I'll pull mine out of the bag and give it a whirl tomorrow. I haven't tried it since that first session.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Jill Bahm 2 years, 5 months ago

So fun! I have been wanting to try a lensbaby lens! Looking forward to seeing more of your experiments!

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Jill Bahm 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Jill. Stay tuned.🤞

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 5 months ago

#2 - is a winner- at least for me - and I like #3 a lot. Both are so delicate and fragile.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Sigrid. More Iris images to come. They are all blooming like crazy.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 5 months ago

To me #2 really stands out. I think for  first attempt you have done a very nice job ( even if these are the best of the worst). I bet you will be pleased with your results in no time. Nice effects on all of them.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Camille. 🤞

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Geert Hvid 2 years, 5 months ago

Heidi, not so bad. I have a Lensbaby Velvet 85 and it is very sensitive with the f/ value. F/1.8 is the focus area very soft. With f/11 the focus area is sharp in the center and getting more blurred near the edges. It is an artistic lens and you have to play a lot with it to find out how YOU like it.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Geert Hvid 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you. I like what i’ve seen that this lens can do and now realize I will definitely work for those creative shots - at least in the beginning. It is supposed to be especially good for flowers, which is one of my passions. Not everyone likes this kind of photography, but I simply can’t wait to get good at this. I have lensbaby lenses for my iPhone and have had some luck with practice. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

I like them. Especially last one

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you.

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Andi Saw 2 years, 5 months ago
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Heidi Egerman Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you. I am! It has taken me a long time to get here.

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