141/365 ~ Lensbaby Chronicles ~ Day 4

by Heidi Egerman May. 21, 2018 432 views

Manual focus has been my biggest challenge so far. Today I decided to wear a pair of readers and then adjusted the diopter accordingly. I generally wear progressive glasses and do not wear them when I'm shooting photos. This is proving to be an adjustment.

When you shoot at f4.0 or f5.6 you get a larger sweet spot then if you are shooting at a smaller aperture, such as f2.5 or f2.8. Since it is recommended, as a beginner, you start with f4.0 or f5.6 looking through the viewfinder is a bit darker than shooting wide open, but the area of focus is larger. It is still a bit difficult to see clearly with my old eyes and strong readers. At the end of the day, I found it a bit easier to see the sweet spot of focus with the readers and I think I'm making some progress.

Tonight I started in the photo cube where I could control the light. I also used a tripod since I'm finding that the smallest amount of camera shake is obvious. Here are a few images. You can see the area of focus, although it wasn't exactly where I thought it was going to be. Still need work and practice.

f2.8

f2.8

f2.8

f2.8

The next two 'practice shots' were taken in the early evening sunshine. Just by looking I think these were probably at f2.8 or f2.5. I was happy with the texture and blur of the background behind the raspberries and the sharp areas of focus in the iris photo.

Raspberry bushes

Raspberry bushes

Purple Iris.

Purple Iris.

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Jill Bahm 2 years, 5 months ago

Challenges are good! I notice the same thing with my macro lens - focusing is tricky. Lots of light helps!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Same problem here (progressive glasses). Not suited to take this kind of pictures smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 5 months ago

You are very structured in your proceedings in using this lens - remarkable!

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

Well, Photoblog and my desire to learn this lens is making me accountable. When I first bought this lens I tried it a few times, thought it was too much work and put it away. It is a lot of work, but this time I am ready and determined.

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

thumbsup

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 5 months ago

I am enjoying looking at your practice photos and reading your narratives. Kudos to you for forcing yourself to figure this lensbaby out :)

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

I felt like I was in a real photo rut and this is helping me focus. relaxed Pun intended. 
...and thanks.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
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