Lensbaby Games

by Laurie Madsen February. 22, 2019 345 views
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Since the theme today is "Games", I decided to take my Lensbaby Composer Pro Lens out of hiding and give it a playful whirl. Because I wanted to get in close, I added an extension tube to make a Lensbaby Macro Lens.

Having recently read "The Lensbaby Chronicles" by Heidi Egerman

I was given new inspiration to experiment with this lens.

The lens I used is a Lensbaby Composer Pro- on the Lensbaby website it says that you need the Composer Pro AND a Screw in Lens (such as sweet 35 or sweet 50 optics-which I don't have) to use this lens. I didn't know that when I acquired it, I spent about an hour playing with it before it landed in my closet and was forgotten.

I decided to see what it can do without the screw in optics. It is a fun little toy with weird perspectives. You tilt the lens optic towards the item you want in focus and then use the focus ring to get it as close to focus as allowed. (many angles will not give you any focus, it depends on how you are lined up with your subject).

I found myself relating to Heidi, it is a tricky little bugger, but I am sure if a person spent enough time with it, you would achieve amazing results.

Of course, being a third party lens, it is completely manual, meaning focus peaking and other features on our modern cameras simply won't be available as an option.

Although I didn't really achieve what I was aiming for in my "Games" photos, I did shoot some interesting shots of other random objects and will post those in another blog, if anyone should be interested.

February 22, 2019 Photoblog365 Theme: Games

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Love the dynamic of these images Laurie

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks Antonio,
The angle I was envisioning didn't turn out so well!
I am eager to find the time to play with this little lens some more. 
It's interesting...

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

I am not sure what your goals were when taking these pictures but for me they did the trick. I don't have a lensbaby not a tiltshift lens. Never was pulled towards acquiring one somehow it just didn't hit my tastebuds but your pictures have titilated my buds.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

Camellia, 
Thanks!
The angle I wanted didn't seem to work as I thought.
My eyesight isn't the greatest, so I couldn't tell that I didn't get the shot until I opened pics on computer.
I'm glad it titilated your tastebuds! I think the more creative tools we have in our bag of tricks, the more fun photography is!
Let me know if you get one and post shots.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

I too have the Lensbaby Composer but not any screw in optics. I do have the macro filters which are handy but I’ve never thought of using the extension tubes.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

Well it does function without optics, but it makes me curious how much better it might be with them!
I had the f4 magnetic disc in mine. When I removed that, it gave me a much better field of view. 
I didn't play with it for very long, but plan to do more creative shooting with it later.
Do you have any pictures posted on your blog taken with your composer?

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Susan Wilde Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 9 months ago

My Date Night, Kiss, Popcorn and 3:00 pm on this site were all done with the Lensbaby Composer. Some shots had the bokeh discs and the others would have had the f4. F4 is my go to ring.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks, I will check them out!
Have you tried using it without the aperture ring?

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Susan Wilde Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 9 months ago

I haven't tried without any aperture rings.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

I took the aperture ring out when I put the extension tube on it, gave me better results.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

I checked them out, super creative and well done!
So apparently you don't have to have the screw in optics to use these effectively!smile
Do you have any posts using your macro filters on the optics?

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

I just happened to have it laying next to my camera, so decided since I wanted to focus closer in I would try it!
I have to try it without it now, and see if I like the results (without the necessary optics-lol)
Let me know if you have any of your lensbaby pics posted, I would love to view them!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
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